A disaster preparedness drill took place on Thursday at the Kalai Magal Arts and Science College in Coimbatore where a man pretending to be a disaster drill instructor allegedly forced a 19-year-old student to jump from the second-floor edge of her college building which led to her death. In a video shot just minutes before her death, the 19-year-old can be seen screaming as she looked down before she was pushed and was terrified. Witnesses claim that the girl was refusing to jump even though a small group of people was standing below to catch her.
She collided with the ground in the wake of hitting the edge and suffered serious injuries on her neck and head. She was instantly taken to a private hospital located close-by, which reportedly declined to treat her and alluded her to a government hospital, where she passed away.
The victim has been identified as a 19-year-old girl, named Lokeshwari of Kalai Magal Arts and Sciences College in Coimbatore. It is reported that Lokeswari was studying in the second year and was pursuing a business degree in BBA.
Members of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) stated that the suspect has been identified as Arumugam. Officials claim that he isn’t a trainer with them nor is he prepared to complete drills with individuals. Reports also point to the fact that no permissions were granted to the college to carry out the drill from the rescue services department and the police. Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi Palaniswami has announced that Rs. 5 lakh should be paid to Lokeswari’s family as compensation. “I’ve told the school instruction division and the police to make a strict move,” the Chief Minister said in a statement.
The suspect, Arumugam has been arrested on Friday by the rural police and charged on the grounds of death due to negligence. The issue is under investigation and failures are being investigated by the experts.
This incident could have totally been avoided if only a little attention was paid by and prompt vetting was done by the authorities. Negligence on the part of the school and Drill managing authorities has claimed the life of an innocent teen.