A six-year-old student of Class 1 collapsed and died at South Point School in Kolkata Thursday. His parents alleged that his teachers had made him stand for a long time in a class earlier in the day and also did not provide first aid to him.
Rajonyo Sarkar fell unconscious and collapsed on the second floor of the school around 9.30 am, joint commissioner of police, P K Ghosh said. The boy, along with other students, was going to his classroom on third floor after attending music classes on the first floor, he said. A teacher, Debolina Basu Roy, along with two staff members — Sameer Hassan and Krishna Mullick — rushed Rajonyo to the school infirmary where he was administered oxygen. Not seeing any improvement in his condition, the school authorities took him to a nearby private nursing home where he was declared brought dead. According to doctors Rajonyo died of a massive cardiac arrest, Ghosh said, adding, that they are waiting for the post mortem report.
Later in the day, school authorities released a statement washing their hands of the incident, saying that Rajonyo might have been suffering from a chronic ailment. “He was seen collapsing during tiffin break this morning. The teachers immediately carried him to the school infirmary where the in-charge immediately referred him to a nursing home. Repose Nursing Home, being the closest, the child was taken there within 10 minutes where he was declared dead. It is believed he might have been suffering from some chronic ailment, the details of which are not known to the school,” the statement reads.
Rajonyo’s parents, however, accused the school authorities of delay in taking the child to the hospital and filed a complaint at the Gariahat police station. “We have received a complaint from the mother of the child, Ruchira Sarkar, in which she said the boy was made to stand for a long time in the music class. She also said the school had not taken proper medical care promptly,” said Ujjal Roy, officer-in-charge, Gariahat PS.
Barun Deb Chowdhury, a relative of the child, negated the school’s statement, saying he had no history of medical ailment.
Meanwhile, state education minister Bratya Basu said, he has sought a report from the department secretary.
DDC vice-chairperson Ashish Khetan said, “As of today he does not hold the charge anymore.”