Edathua, Alappuzha: A six-year-old student died Friday after the wall of a toilet at a government-aided school collapsed. It was alleged that regular maintenance work was not being carried out at the school that was over 125 years old.
The incident took place around 11:20 am on Friday. The dilapidated wall fell on Sebastian, who had been waiting his turn to enter the washroom, causing injuries to the head and face. A teacher, who witnessed the horrifying scene, fell unconscious. Though the authorities immediately rushed the child to a private hospital in Parumala, Sebastian died en route to the hospital.
Negligence caused the death?
Immediately after the tragedy, accusations of negligence on the part of the private management that runs the school, have surfaced. The roofless-toilet had been constructed with cement blocks. However, the structure had not been reportedly reinforced using cement. Meanwhile, recent road construction using pressurized road rollers and heavy vehicles, had further eroded the strength of the school building and the toilet.
Though the management had been made aware of the imminent danger posed by the weak and aging structures, no action had been taken, it was alleged. The Edathua police said they have registered a case of unnatural death and were conducting investigations. Only 11 students go to this school while there are only 3 teachers, including the headmistress.
Sebastian (Albin R), the grade two student, is the son of Joseph (Benson) from Munduchira and Ancy from Mangalappil in Chekkidikkadu. Sebastian's brother Joshua (Abel) studies at an anganvadi.