Reopening of Khajuri Khas school deferred

Five girls were killed and 34 other students were injured in the stampede in the Khajuri Khas school on Thursday while they were trying to make their way up and down a staircase after being asked to shift classrooms during an examination.

"The school did not reopen on Tuesday. We will have to take the opinion of police before taking a decision on reopening the school. The situation is not normal," a senior government official said. The date of reopening is yet to be worked out.

The ongoing examinations in the school also have been postponed, the official said.
A number of women, including the mother of a deceased girl, had on Monday protested against the stampede infront of the school and allegedly attacked policemen. "Tempers have not died down. Let us wait. We have deployed police in abundance in the area," a senior police official said.

Meanwhile, two other schools, operating adjacent to the Government Senior Secondary School where the stampede occurred, reopened on Tuesday. These schools are Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya and Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya.

There were conflicting reports about the events which led to the tragedy, ranging from rumours about current passing through flooded water and boys misbehaving with girls.
However, the police official said that it was "almost certain" that the stampede was not triggered by "eve-teasing" and took place when the students were using the narrow staircase after being asked to shift classrooms during an examination.

"We have recorded the statements of the injured. None of them have told us about the eve-teasing," he said. A state education department official said the government was planning to rope in experts to counsel students who are in trauma after the incident. The official said some students were still in trauma after the incident and to restore their confidence, the department is planning to rope in experts to counsel them.

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