Nearly two weeks after a javelin accidentally hit him on the head at his school in Chittaranjan Park, 11-year-old Roshan Lama succumbed to his injuries at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences Trauma Centre on Monday.
Family members said they received the news of Roshan’s death around 10-15 am. Ever since the boy was brought to the hospital, doctors had told the family that the chances of his survival were bleak and he was at the intensive care unit all along.
With the latest development, the police, who had earlier registered a case under section 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), have invoked sections pertaining to death due to negligence.
On October 1, Roshan was in the playground of the school with his friends, where a few Class XII students were busy in javelin throw practice.
Roshan was walking on the ground when a javelin thrown by another student pierced his right temple and he collapsed. He was first taken to a nearby private hospital from where he was referred to AIIMS Trauma Centre when his condition deteriorated.
The two accused in the case, Sushil Sharma and Hitesh, both physical training instructors at the Sarvodaya Government Higher Secondary School where the victim was enrolled in Class VI, have been arrested in connection with the case and are currently out on bail. The boy who threw the javelin had also been apprehended and sent to a juvenile home.
The family of the victim had earlier demanded that the School principal also be held accountable. They had claimed that the accident itself was an act of gross negligence and the entire school management had to share the blame as students were allowed to practice javelin throw at a time when there was every chance of the occurrence of something untoward.
Some members of the family had even demonstrated outside Roshan’s school along with his fellow students. On Monday, however, they refused to comment on the investigations.