Rights panel raps police for ‘shoddy’ probe

Three class IX students had fled the premises and were later found dead in a river.

Written by Dipti Singh | Mumbai | Published:December 6, 2014 1:56 am

The Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has pulled up the Virar police for ‘shoddy investigation’ into the death of three students of a school in Virar in August.

The commission’s member secretary asked the representatives of the Virar police why they had not investigated into allegations of negligence on part of the Vagad Gurukul International School from where the three class IX students had fled the premises and were later found dead in a river.

Concerned over the well-being of the other students at the school, the commission will send an expert to the school to speak to the children about their safety and other issues at the school.

The three boys, Prahul Patel, Meet Chaadwa and Khushal Dagha, went missing on August 25 from their hostel rooms at 8 pm. Their bodies were found floating in the Sukh river behind the school 36 hours later. The Virar police went on to arrest two teachers with the school for abetment to suicide, and two others for severely punishing other students of the school.

The commission pointed out that if students can flee from the boarding school’s compound without being noticed by security than it is a dangerous situation for other students as well. However the School’s director, Neelima Sharma, told the commission that the students had left the campus from the area where construction work was on near the school boundary wall and was covered only by a mesh.

The commission has asked the Virar police to investigate if there was any negligence on part of the school citing that safety of these students for schools responsibility. “When the parents admit their children to boarding school, the school authorities become their guardians. We will appoint an expert to visit the school and talk to the teachers and other students to understand the problem. The expert will submit his/her report to the commission following that,” said A N Tripathi, member secretary of the commission.
dipti.singh@expressindia.com

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