19-year-old college student died in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore district on Thursday, 12 July, after she was forced to jump off the second floor of a private educational institute during a disaster preparedness drill.
Logeswari, a second year BBA student at the Kalaimagal College of Arts and Science, was made to sit on the ledge of the second floor, while other students from the college waited below with a safety net.
In a shocking video that has emerged of the incident, an unidentified person can be seen pushing the second year student off a ledge even as she resists.
The girl is clearly not ready to jump but is still given a push from the back. Her head then hits the sun-shade on the first floor before falling on to a safety net that her college-mates were holding for her.
She suffered severe injuries on her head and neck. According to the police, the Kalaimagal College of Arts and Science was preparing students for the steps they must take in case there was a fire.
Several students had already jumped successfully on to the safety net when the drill started at 3 pm.
The college block where the training was being conducted had three floors and students were jumping off the second floor. A total of 20 students were part of the training drill which was announced 45 days back.
The police have filed a case under Section 304A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for causing death by negligence. The trainer, TR Arumugam, is being questioned by the police.
When asked if action will be taken against the college, the police said that further investigation is required in the matter.
Logeswari is originally from Alandurai and her parents rushed to the hospital after being informed about the incident.>