3 killed and 16 injured after school building collapses

Three 10-year-old students were killed and 15 other students and a teacher were injured when the roof and walls of a classroom caved in on them at a zilla parishad (ZP) school at Nimbodi village, around 6km from Ahmednagar city, on Monday evening. Two of the injured children are critical.

The deceased have been identified as Shreyas Rahane, Sumeet Bhingardive and Vaishali Pote, all residents of Nimbodi.

It has been raining heavily in Ahmednagar and its adjoining areas for the last two days.The school building, which was constructed about 20 years ago, was damp due to the rains.

Following the incident, state education minister Vinod Tawde called for a structural audit of all school buildings in the state.

Sub-inspector Sanjay Kawade of the Bhingar police station told TOI that the single storey building collapsed around 5pm, just 10 minutes before the final school bell could ring. “The students and the teacher, Leena Patil, were trapped under the debris. Villagers, the police and Army personnel rushed to the spot to pull out the dead and injured. Earthmovers were pressed into service in the evening to clear the debris.Rescue operations were going on till late at night,” he added.

An official from the education department of the Ahmednagar ZP said on condition of anonymity said that the financial grant for the school building was announced in 1978 and the construction was completed in1998-99. “The building had brick walls and an RCC roof. No structural audit of the building has been conducted in the last 20 years,”.

TOI quoted Deputy director of education Dinkar Temkar saying “Education officers will send a complete report about the collapse to the CEO of the Ahmednagar ZP on Tuesday .”

Source: The Times of India



School cab driver sexually assaults nursery girl


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New Delhi: Another news of sexual abuse comes from the city notoriously known as the rape capital of the country. This time the victim is a five-year-old girl. The nursery school student was repeatedly sexually abused by her school cab driver, Vipin Kumar.

The girl, a resident of Defence Colony in South Delhi, repeatedly refused to go to school for a fortnight citing fever and nausea. Her reluctance to go to school, even after recovering from her illness, in the cab raised suspicions in her parents mind.

On being asked further the girl revealed that the driver would make her sit on his lap and touch her private parts. He even threatened her when she cried out in pain. The horrified parents filed an FIR with the Govindpuri police under sections of Rape and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).

The accused was arrested within three hours of the FIR being registered. He initially refused the allegation but later broke down and confessed. Kumar has been remanded to 14-day judicial custody in Tihar Jail. The police are further investigating whether other children, who used to go in the same cab, were subjected to the same behavior or not.

Read more at – http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/nursery-girl-sexually-abused-by-school-cabbie-in-delhi/articleshow/39712134.cms