Family members of a 16-year-old boy, who died of injuries suffered while playing inside his classroom on Tuesday, have claimed that school authorities did nothing to help the injured student.
According to police, the boy, identified as Shakti, was the student of a senior secondary government school in Jahangirpuri’s K block.
“On Tuesday, the teacher for the sixth period did not turn up, so the students began playing inside the classroom. Shakti climbed on a desk and while playing on the desk, his foot slipped. He fell down and his head hit the desk,” a police officer said.
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After an injured Shakti fell unconscious, his friends tried to revive him, said police. When they failed to resuscitate him, they informed the teachers, police said.
His family members claimed that his teachers did not even try to help Shakti. “The teachers thought Shakti had suffered a seizure and did nothing. The students took the boy to the library, where they laid him on a bench and tried to revive him. When he did not respond, the students rushed him to the nearby Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital. By this time, 45 minutes had already passed,” said Shakti’s uncle Ravi.
The hospital authorities informed police about the incident, and a case under Section 304 a (death caused due to negligence) was registered against unknown persons.
According to family members, neither the school teachers nor the police had bothered informing them about the incident. Instead, they got a call about Shakti’s condition from his school friends.
“Doctors told us that it appeared his spinal column in the neck region had snapped and entered his wind pipe. It was such a grave incident. But the teachers neither did anything to help nor did they call the police, who could have rushed him to the hospital in time,” said Ravi.