Child’s death: Safety measures at Bachpan school under scanner

Police say it was being run in a building meant for residential purpose.

By Author   |   Published: 15th Nov 2017   12:14 am Updated: 15th Nov 2017   12:18 am
People protesting against Bachpan School management in Hyderabad.
People protesting against Bachpan School management in Hyderabad.

Hyderabad: The death of 20-month-old N Shiv Rachith on Tuesday prompted the police to check whether Bachpan School had necessary safety measures in place. School director Raghavendra has reportedly been taken into custody.

Officials said the Education department and Fire safety authorities would be called in for this. Rachith, a nursery student, reportedly died after falling into a water sump on the ground floor of the two-storied building.

Though preliminary findings indicated that the school had recognition from the Directorate of School Education, there are doubt if it met safety standards required to operate as a school.

According to the Malkajgiri police, the school was being run in a building that was constructed for residential purpose.

Raghavendra was using the building to run a school with about 150 children, police said, adding that it was being verified whether the building was taken on lease.

Meanwhile, the sump in which the child’s body was found, is about six ft deep and lacked proper safety measures. The school employees were negligent in placing the lid of the sump properly and this resulted in the boy’s death, police said.

Malkajgiri Sub-Inspector G Manmadha Kumar said the incident could have occurred between 10.30 am and 11.30 am after classes began. Rachith, according to the SI, was dropped at school around 8.30 am.

The school was celebrating Children’s Day and as part of that, children were asked to come in fancy dresses.

“The celebrations went on for nearly two hours. After that, the children were left free with their class teachers and everybody went to their classrooms. The snacks break was between 10.30 am and 11.30 am and it was then that the child could have gone near the sump,” he said.

Assistant Commissioner of Police – Malkajgiri G Sundeep said the Education and Fire departments were being consulted to check the standards of the building.

“The departments will be asked to find whether the building had the requisite standards to run a school. The sump area has been inspected thoroughly and some evidence had been recovered,” he said.