Stampede: Reopening of Khajuri Khas school deferred

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 11:44

New Delhi: A Delhi government school, which
witnessed a stampede in which five girls were killed, did not
reopen on Tuesday as announced, with the authorities saying the
situation was "not normal" for resuming classes.

Five girls were killed and 34 other students were injured
in the stampede in the Khajuri Khas school on Thursday while
they were trying to make their way up and down a staircase
after being asked to shift classrooms during an examination.

"The school did not reopen today. We will have to take
the opinion of police before taking a decision on reopening
the school. The situation is not normal," a senior government
official said. The date of reopening is yet to be worked out.

The ongoing examinations in the school also have been
postponed, the official said.

A number of women, including the mother of a deceased
girl, had yesterday protested against the stampede infront of
the school and allegedly attacked policemen.

"Tempers have not died down. Let us wait. We have
deployed police in abundance in the area," a senior police
official said.

Meanwhile, two other schools, operating adjacent to the
Government Senior Secondary School where the stampede
occurred, reopened today. These schools are Sarvodaya Bal
Vidyalaya and Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya.

There were conflicting reports about the events which
led to the tragedy, ranging from rumours about current passing
through flooded water and boys misbehaving with girls.

However, the police official said that it was "almost
certain" that the stampede was not triggered by "eve-teasing"
and took place when the students were using the narrow
staircase after being asked to shift classrooms during an
examination.

"We have recorded the statements of the injured. None of
them have told us about the eve-teasing," he said.

A state education department official said the government
was planning to rope in experts to counsel students who are in
trauma after the incident.

The official said some students were still in trauma
after the incident and to restore their confidence, the
department is planning to rope in experts to counsel them.

Bureau Report



First Published: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 11:44

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