PIL seeks judicial inquiry over drowning of kids

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New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) A public interest litigation (PIL) was on Monday filed in the Delhi High Court by an AAP legislator, seeking a judicial inquiry into the death of a six-year-old Class I student in the premises of a private school last week.

Police have registered a case of negligence against the authorities of the Ryan International School in Vasant Kunj in south Delhi and asked the principal to join the probe. The school authorities reportedly did not inform the student’s family about the January 30 incident for over two hours.

Devansh Meena was trapped inside the septic tank till sewage workers reached there and fished him out.

Aam Aadmi Party lawmaker Col. Devinder Sehrawat (retd.) also sought similar inquiry into the death of five-year-old boy Ankit after falling into an open septic tank in an MCD school in Kapashera area of south Delhi on January 27.

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The petition has sought direction for payment of Rs.50 lakh each as compensation to the families of the deceased kids.

The petition would be heard by a division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini on Tuesday.

Besides the judicial inquiry, Sehrawat has also asked the high court to pass an order for immediate disaster assessment of all the schools in Delhi by a committee comprising of the representatives of Delhi government, MCD officials, disaster management authority and Delhi Police.

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