September 19, 2013

INDIA: 6 Year-Old Girl Falls Into Sambar Pot In Bangalore School, Dies :(

The Times of India
written by Staff
Thursday September 19, 2013

BANGALORE - A six-year-old girl died after falling into a sambar vessel in her school in Karnataka's Chikkaballapur district.

Around 1pm on Tuesday, Anusha Ashwathappa, a Class 1 student of Darinayakanapalya Government School in Gowribidanur taluk rushed out of her classroom mistaking the high school bell for the mid-day meal alert. Jostled by senior students in the verandah, the girl fell into the vessel of hot sambar.

Classmates told her parents that Anusha was hungry and waiting for the mid-day meal bell to ring. Anusha is the younger daughter of Ashwathappa Gangappa and Venkatalakshmamma.

"The high school and primary wings are next to each other. It's common to see students from both wings getting confused by the bell and rushing out of classrooms," Anusha's maternal uncle Ramu Nanjappa said.

Locals tried to call an ambulance but in vain. Anusha was taken to hospital in headmaster Krishnappa's car. She died later in the night.

When Anusha's body was taken to the village, mourners demanded that school authorities and district minister Krishna Byregowda and primary and secondary education minister Kimmane Rathnakar come and the family refused to go ahead with the funeral.

"I won't cremate my daughter's body till school authorities, including the headmaster and three cooks, come here. I want to ask them what they were doing when the children were pushing each other," Gangappa said.

Police officials and gram panchayat members intervened and pacified her parents. "We'll request the officials to make Gangappa a watchman and Venkatalakshmamma an assistant cook in the same school," a gram panchayat member G Mohan said.

Stand-in block education officer Krishnappa said none of the teaching staff turned up the school on Wednesday fearing the wrath of the villagers. He said the government has suspended Krishnappa and a case has been filed against him and the three cooks.

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