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Class-II child killed as wall collapses at school in Panchagarh

Published on: 6:33 pm - Tuesday | July 30, 2019

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A girl studying in class-II of the Panchagarh 1 Model Primary School here has been killed after the wall of a flower garden she was playing in collapsed.

The child has been identified as Neela Akter.

It was alleged that the students had left their classes as the teachers were gossiping instead of taking their lessons. Guardians alleged that the school authorities did not even rescue the students after the wall collapsed.

Protesting the incident, the guardians staged a demonstration. At this time, the teachers remained confined in the classroom. Later, police rushed to the scene to pacify the aggrieved parents.

On the other hand common students and guardians alleged that at the time of the incident the teachers were gossiping in the teacher’s room instead of taking classes during school hours.

The class-II students began playing after coming out of their classes at 11-30 am due to absence of teachers in classes although the classes were scheduled to end at 12 noon.

It was also alleged that no teacher came forward to rescue the child who died in the nwall collapse.

After the incident, MP of Panchagarh-1 constituency Md Mazharul Haq Prodhan, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Sabina Yasmin and Police Super Mohammad Yusuf Ali visited the spot.

Panchagarh DC Sabina Yasmin informed that on behalf of district administration a three-member probe committee has been formed with Additional District Magistrate Abdul Mannan as Convener. The committee has been asked to submit its report within 24 hours. Action would be taken after the report’s submission if anyone was found at fault.

UNB tried to contact Monir Hossain, headmaster of Panchagarh 1 Model Primary School, several times over phone but he did not answer.(UNB)

-Sabeera Keyfiath

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