3 students fall from 2nd floor of school building
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Three students of the Government School, Sector-11, Chandigarh, fell from the second floor of its primary section building on Friday morning while trying to pluck fruits from a nearby tree. While two of them suffered minor injuries, one was seriously injured and has been admitted to the Government Multi Speciality Hospital, Sector-16.
Teachers at the school reported that the accident happened around 11.15 am, during the school recess. The three 15-year-old boys of class VIII, Rakesh Kumar, Rajesh Kumar and Ranjit, are residents of Nava Gram area in Chandigarh. They went to the primary section building during their recess, trying to pluck some fruits from a nearby tree, with the support of the corridor grill on the second floor of the building. The grill broke, unable to bear the weight of the three boys and the boys fell to the ground on top of each other. The most injured was rakesh. The day teacher, Kanta Singh, responsible for maintaining discipline during the recess, saw the occurrence and rushed towards them, while other teachers called the police and ambulance.
The students were rushed to GMSH-16 where it was found that Rakesh, son of a homegaurd officer in Manimajra, suffered major injuries on his face and fractured a leg. Rajesh suffered a bone dislocation on the right hand and Ranjit also suffered minor injuries. District Education Officer (DEO), Ram Kumar, and the school principal, Satpal Singh, who was on a half day leave when the incident occurred, also reached the hospital.
Kulwant Kaur, the vice-principal said that the corridor grills were not very strong and that students had been advised not to lean on them. Students also complained that the grills were flimsy and would shake on being held. Some teachers said that the impact of the fall on the boys was less than it could have been as the students fell on wet 'kuccha' ground.
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