In a freak mishap, a six-year-old boy has died after a javelin accidentally hit him in the eye at a private school in Kushinagar district of Uttar Pradesh, police said Saturday.
The incident took place at Thakur Harikesh Pratap Inter College, a private school in Bishanpura police station area of the district on Friday.
While no FIR has been lodged by the victim’s family yet, the school authorities said they did not know who threw the javelin during the lunch break, fatally injuring KG student, Murad. The autopsy was conducted in Gorakhpur and the body has been handed over to the family, they said.
“It is sheer negligence on the part of the school for not making proper arrangements for children when such sports activity is being held. I have been told that the incident occurred while some children were practising javelin throw for sports activities on the Independence Day. We will soon decide on lodging an FIR against school authorities,” said the victim’s grandfather Suleman.
He claimed that a student called him up and informed him about the incident after his grandson Murad was taken to the district hospital.
Murad, who earlier studied at a government-run primary school, was admitted to the private school around two months ago, he said.
Owner and manager of the school, Jitendra Singh, claimed that the incident occurred during the lunch break when students were playing on the school ground.
“The boy was standing in the gallery when a sharp-edged weapon, perhaps a javelin, hit his right eye. We suspect children playing on the ground had thrown the javelin, which accidentally hit Murad. So far, we do not know who had thrown that javelin,” Singh said.
He denied that that there was any javelin practice session going on when the incident took place.
Additional Superintendent of Police, Kushinagar, Lal Sahab Yadav said they have been informed about the incident, but so far the victim’s family has not filed any complaint in this regard.
The child’s father is employed as a private driver in Himachal Pradesh and he stayed with his mother and grandfather in Kushinagar.