Black Flag waives against Education Minister
Minister for Education, Prof. C. Raveendranath visited Shahala’s home in Sulthan Bathery today and offered personal condolences to the bereaved family. Agriculture Minister P S Sunil Kumar was also with him on the visit.
Tight security was put in place anticipating protests in the area. A group of demonstrators showed black flags to the minister’s car at Kalpetta.
Shahala Sherin, a 10-year-old student, studying in V standard in Government Sarvajana Higher Secondary School at Sulthan Bathery in Waynad died following snakebite in her class room on Wednesday owing to delayed medical treatment.
Police have registered a case indicting the school principal A K Karunakaran, the Vice Principal, KK Mohanan, teacher Shijil and duty doctor at Taluk Hospital, Bathery, Jisa Merin Joy
Based on Special Branch report, the accused persons have also been charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
He has assured stringent action against those guilty in the incident.
The school Principal and Vice Principal were placed on suspension on Friday. The teacher, Shijil, who was allegedly callous after the snake-bite happened, was suspended earlier.
The Minister, during his visit to School, also announced a Rs 2-crore package for development of basic infrastructure at Sarvjana Vocational Higher Secondary School (VHSS) in Sultan Bathery.
The fund shall be released as soon as the Municipality draws up plan for the project, the minister said.
The Government will also pursue development activities pertaining to infrastructure at all schools in the district after detailed survey, Ravindranath added.