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