Pillar crash: Bengaluru school management, event organiser booked for negligence

Updated - February 15, 2016 07:50 am IST

Published - February 15, 2016 12:00 am IST - Bengaluru:

The Kamakshipalya police have booked the management of a school and an event organiser after an iron pillar fitted with LED lights came crashing down on the stage where children are about to perform as part of the school’s annual day celebrations on Saturday night.

According to the police, the management of Max Muller High School, Basaveshwaranagar, and the organiser did not take precautionary measures to ensure the safety of the children. Luckily, there were no students on stage at the time of the accident. The celebrations were being held at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Grounds in Basaveshwaranagar.

Eight persons, including teachers Krishna Murthy and Pinky, were injured, but all of them are said to be out of danger. The incident took place around 8.30 p.m. when the children were waiting for the announcement to enter the stage to dance to a Kannada film song. There were about 500 children gathered at the stadium, a police officer said.

Young saviour

A second PU student, identified as Munesh, who was sitting in the front row rescued a girl and sustained minor injuries in the process. He pulled out the girl who was stuck under the pillar and, in the melee, sustained a few cuts to his head. Munesh was rushed to Shanbhag Hospital, where the doctors performed a minor surgery.

Munesh, who is studying in a private college in Rajajinagar, will not be able to take his preparatory exams scheduled from Monday as the doctors have advised him to take complete rest for a week.

According to the police, the organiser had put up two pillars, instead of the necessary four, and this had resulted in the crash. “We have summoned the management and the organiser for questioning and necessary action will be taken against them,” a senior police officer said.

Eight persons, including two teachers, were injured, but they are out of danger

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