: A class VI student from a government school who was severely injured after he reportedly fell down from a toy train at Mahatma Gandhi Park here on Thursday, succumbed to his injuries on Friday, which led to a protest by Dalit organisations alleging negligence by the personnel manning the toy train and the district administration.
The victim has been identified as Shubham Raju Kalal, a student of Government School at Ayodhyanagar, who had gone to the Park along with other students of the school after watching a film. Shubham, is the son of Raju Kalal, a tailor, who is also in the school development and monitoring committee (SDMC).
Following a government order the school headmistress had taken a batch of 95 students to Sujata Theatre located adjacent to Mahatma Gandhi Park to watch the movie ‘Sangolli Rayanna’.
Soon after watching the movie, the children were taken to Mahatma Gandhi Park to have their lunch. After lunch several students boarded the toy train, which is one of the major attractions at the park.
However, the joy ride ended in tragedy with Shubham falling from the train. Shubham was immediately rushed to the KIMS hospital and subsequently to another private hospital for treatment. However, he succumbed to the injuries on Friday.
There are conflicting versions of the accident occurred. While one version is that the boy fell down after the last coach of the toy train derailed, the driver of the toy train has maintained that he applied the brake as soon as the boy fell down because of which the train got derailed.
Block Education Officer R.S. Mullur said it was an unfortunate incident. However, he clarified that the government order pertained only to taking the children to the movie and not to the park. He told The Hindu that the headmistress had been asked to submit a report on the incident.
Meanwhile, members of Dalit organisations staged a demonstration alleging that poor quality work and overloading of the toy train caused the accident. They alleged that the district administration had not taken complaints about poor quality of work during the renovation of the park seriously and negligence of the personnel manning the toy train was the main reason for the mishap.
There had been complaints about the poor quality of work at the park and recently a compound wall collapsed, derailing the toy train, after a heavy downpour. The administration had subsequently ordered an inquiry on the collapse of the compound wall.