Owner of unrecognised Noida school held in wall collapse case

Driver of a backhoe loader also nabbed; hunt on for others

The owner of an unrecognised school in Salarpur village, where two Class I students were killed after a wall collapsed on them on Monday, was arrested on Thursday, the police said. They also arrested the driver of a backhoe loader as work by the heavy machine allegedly led to the mishap.

The owner and driver of a backhoe loader were among the six named in an FIR over the incident, the police said.

“Two of the accused were arrested on Thursday by officers from Sector 49 police station. One of them is the owner of the school, while the other is the driver of a backhoe loader. The principal has already been arrested. The police will nab the other three accused soon,” said Noida City Superintendent of Police Sudha Singh.

‘Plot rented out’

Owner Amit Bhati has claimed that he had rented out the plot for ₹10,000 per month in March 2017, and that K.M. Public School was run by principal Sanjeev Jha and vice-principal Raghvender Solnaki. The principal was arrested earlier.

Two students died while three others were critically injured after the boundary wall of the unauthorised school in Sector 45 here collapsed on them around 9.30 a.m. on Monday. The students were writing an exam at the time the incident.

The police said the construction material used to build the boundary walls was of poor quality. The trigger for the collapse was construction in an adjacent plot. It is alleged that as the backhoe loader and excavator being used at the adjacent site reached the school’s boundary wall it collapsed on the students.

The parents of the deceased students accused the school administration for the accident and demanded strict action against the management. They said the school had claimed it was affiliated to recognised boards. The parents had protested on a road in front of Sector 49 police station, leading to a jam.

The deceased have been identified as Vivek Kumar (7) and Bhupender Singh (10), while the injured students are Naitik (8), Amit (7), Ashish Kumar (8) and Akaash (9) — all students of Class I.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had ordered a magisterial-level probe into the matter.

(With PTI inputs)

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