Death of students: Shiv Sena joins protest
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Last Updated: Sunday, April 11, 2010, 17:42
Nainital: Death of two students of prestigious Sherwood College here in a mishap has gained political proportions with Shiv Sena joining protests and demanding action against its principal.

Shiv Sena workers and student union leaders of Kumaun University staged a demonstration at the premises of the convent school yesterday, official sources said today.

Students on a fun-trip to the Jim Corbett National Park in Dehra Dun last Sunday had met with the accident as tractor-trolley overturned leaving two killed and 25 injured.

A group of youths led by Shiv Sena and the student's union reached the College gate asking for a meeting with principal Amandeep Sandhu. When they were denied permission, they entered the school. A staff member of the school sustained injuries in the melee, police said.

Meanwhile, representatives of public school association met at Haldwani, 40 kms from here, and demanded security for the smooth functioning of the college.

Shiv Sena state secretary Bhupal Singh Karki said if police failed to take action against the principal by Tuesday, they would intensify agitation.

The principal had earlier said that the school would take appropriate action against teachers responsible for the accident. He had, however, said that a section of the people were opposed to action against the teachers. This statement seemed to have infuriated the locals.

A magisterial enquiry was ordered into the mishap last week. Two teachers, who were accompanying the students when the accident took place, were arrested.

Uttarakhand police has registered a case of negligence and culpable homicide against the Sherwood college management and the driver of the tractor-trolley on the basis of preliminary investigations.

The children, aged 12/13 years, were travelling on two tractor trolleys for sightseeing when the tragedy struck.


First Published: Sunday, April 11, 2010, 17:42

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