Delhi school stampede: Eight students still in hospital


New Delhi : Eight of the 34 students injured in a stampede in a government school here last week are recovering in a hospital and will be discharged soon, an official said Monday.

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“Eight students are still in the hospital recovering from injuries while four were discharged Sunday. All the injured are stable and will be discharged in a day or two,” J.P. Kapoor, head of the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital’s casualty department where the students are admitted, told IANS.

According to Delhi education department, the school is likely to resume classes from Tuesday.

Five girl students were killed and at least 34 were injured Thursday morning in a stampede at the Government Senior Secondary School (Classes 6-12) in Khajoori Khas of northeast Delhi. The victims were mostly from Classes 7-10 and had come to the school in pouring rain for their mid-year examinations.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit ordered an inquiry into the incident Thursday. The report is expected to be submitted in two-three days.

Initial reports suggested that a rumour about electric current leaking into the rainwater in the school triggered a stampede. Victims later revealed that some of the boys who had come to the school to give their examination tried to molest them, resulting in the mishap.

Some parents maintained that there have been incidents of boys harassing girls in the past.

According to hospital authorities, the medical reports suggested that there were no electrocution injuries and most girls had injuries in the abdomen, chest and hands due to the fall.