New Delhi: Five days after a class I student of Ryan International School Divyansh Kakrora was found dead in a water tank located in the school premises on January 30, the Delhi police today arrested the school's Principal and four other staff members on charges of causing death due to negligence.
Those arrested include the school's Principal Sandhya Sabu (50), Divyansh's class teacher Minakshi Kapoor (38), RO operator Yogesh Kholiya (23), maintenance in-charge Puran Singh Bisht (65) and gardener Ram Narayan (44). All five have been booked for death due to negligence, a bailable offence.
All five have now been granted bail.
On January 30 this year, Divyansh Kakrora, a class I student of Ryan International School in Vasant Kunj, was found dead in a water tank located under the school's amphitheatre. The initial postmortem report of Divyansh suggested he died of drowning and no external injuries were found, police said.
According to police, school authorities said that the boy was last seen before the seventh period, which was around 12.20 PM. They later found him floating in the reservoir and rushed him to a private hospital where he was declared brought dead.
It was the hospital authorities and not those of school who had informed the police about the incident.
After preliminary investigation, the police had registered a case of negligence causing death at the Vasant Kunj North police station. Later in the day, the Delhi government had also ordered a magisterial probe.
The police had questioned the school authorities, including the principal, for five days.
The Delhi government had on Sunday ordered all the 3,500 schools in the city to submit a declaration of safety within a month.
A government task force would inspect schools to verify the claims and those found submitting wrong information on steps taken for students' safety would face action, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said.
(With PTI inputs)