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Death of Ryan student Divyansh: Staff refused to enter tank to retrieve boy, says probe

Sources said the probe has established some procedural lapses on the school’s part, which is likely to invite criminal proceedings against authorities.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: February 4, 2016 2:29:41 am
People outside the school after hearing the news of the child’s death. Manoj Kumar People outside the school after hearing the news of the child’s death. Manoj Kumar

The Delhi government’s probe into the drowning of a Class 1 student, Divyansh Kakrora, in a water tank at Ryan International School last week has found that school staff refused to enter the tank to retrieve the boy. Sources said some Class XI students finally dived into the tank and brought him out.

“What is appalling and rather shocking is that the boy was taken out of tank by a student of Class XI. School staff present at the spot refused to go inside the tank to bring out the boy. They apparently said the water smelt foul and refused to dive in,” said a government source.

Once he was brought out of the tank, efforts were made to resuscitate Divyansh before rushing him to a hospital.

Sources said the probe has established some procedural lapses on the school’s part, which is likely to invite criminal proceedings against authorities.

Government officials also believe the school’s claim that Divyansh was a hyperactive boy may also be countered. “The child was medically hyper and the parents knew about it. His treatment was on at AIIMS,” Frances Thomas, Regional head of Ryan Group had said on January 31.

However, sources said that AIIMS doctors have told the parents that he was not hyperactive as the school claimed. “Today’s generation is hyperactive compared to previous one but just because children are more active, one should not tag them as hyperactive and recommend corrective measures,” said a source.

Six-year-old Divyansh died on the Vasant Kunj school premises Saturday and his body was found in the water tank by a electrician at the school.

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