The police have registered a case against the management of a private school in Jhelum where two students were crushed to death when a wall of the building had collapsed.
On Friday, the school had organised a Mehfil-e-Milaad, for which a stage had been erected next to a dilapidated wall. During the ceremony, the wall in question collapsed, resulting in the death of two students and injuring 22 others, including both students and teachers.
Rescue 1122 had shifted the injured to District Headquarters Hospital Jhelum. Three children and one teacher were then referred to Rawalpindi in a critical condition.
The police registered a case under section 322 and have started searching for the suspects, who remain at large.
Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar has also sought a report of the incident from the education department, which had started an inquiry into the incident on the same day.
The funerals of both deceased students have been offered.
It has been learnt that the private school’s management had not taken permission from the district administration for organising the Milaad.
Questions are also being raised with the education and building departments over the regulations that allowed the school to operate within a dilapidated building.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 24th, 2021.
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