12092017-JTR-01.qxd 9/12/2017 12:41 AM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 12 SEPTEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Saanjhi Rasoi scheme School of thought Forgive and forget The Saanjhi Rasoi scheme fails to attract the poor in large numbers to get subsidised meals. P2 The country is shocked at the recent murder of a seven-year-old in a school at Gurugram. P3 Television stars say forgiveness is a chance to set things right. P4 FORECAST CLOUDY SKY | MAX 34°C MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.32 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6.05 AM Security norms lacking in schools Patel Hospital DEATH DUE TO NEGLIGENCE Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 11 In the wake of the brutal murder reported at a private school in Gurgaon, schools here seem to have learnt no lesson as many were found flouting security norms with impunity. A visit to various private and government schools by this correspondent today revealed that while foolproof security arrangements had been put on display by some of them, in reality, these all turned out to be a sham! To begin with, this correspondent reached a renowned international school at Choti Baradari, where she was stopped by the security guards standing at the gate, who asked the guest to fill in her personal details. While this correspondent was busy writing fake name ‘Dee***’ with address ‘Jalandhar Circus ****’ and a fake contact number (987118****), none of the three security guards bothered to check the credentials or the identity proof of the person standing in front of them. After getting the go-ahead, the correspondent went inside at 11:46 am and took a round of the building and was not stopped or checked by anyone. However, after raising a ‘fake’ enquiry at the reception, the correspondent went out of the school premises without much effort at 12 noon. Later, accepting the lapse, school director Deepa Dogra said stringent action would be taken against the security guards who were found negligent in their duty at the entrance gate. Next in the line was another prominent school situated at Students standing outside a private school in Jalandhar. GOVT SCHOOLS FACE MORE THREAT While many private schools were found with CCTV cameras near their entry gates, the government schools did not have these. There were no security guards, no cameras and no checking done. Police Commissioner Praveen Sinha, calling the school authorities “the most negligent”, said the department could not do much in the absence of a law that would have made it mandatory for the school authorities Entry registers of to get their staff members verified by the schools are rarely checked by guards. police. “People do not get their home servants verified from us. How can we force anyone to get their staff members verified by us?” said Sinha. CHECKING ENTRY INTO SCHOOLS Within minutes of bringing the anomalies to the notice of Police Commissioner Praveen Sinha, he, issuing directions under Section 144 of the CrPC, told all private and government aided schools to get the verification of their staff members done at the earliest. Also, he directed them to install CCTV cameras at strategic locations on the school premises. The Police Commissioner also made it mandatory to check identity cards of every individual who entered their premises from tomorrow. . Auto-rickshaws parked inside a private school. Mahavir marg near BMC Chowk. Though getting entry into the school was not a problem as no entry register was maintained here, a strict vigil was seen in the primary wing. However, there was no check in the senior wing, as this correspondent roamed freely in senior classes for over 15 minutes. Interacting with some students in the classroom corridor did not raise any suspicion. More shockingly, the school, situated on one of the busiest roads here, had also allowed auto-rickshaw drivers to park their vehicles inside the school premises. Drivers of both auto-rickshaws and school buses were seen sitting next to the students on the central verge of the main entry gate. In another school situated in the Defence colony, students from junior wing were seen playing and roaming on the main road. “We have to wait here for over an hour as our school vehicles only move after students from the senior wing come out,” said a student playing outside the school premises. But why can’t you stay inside till the complete school gets over? “We are not allowed to stay inside after our classes get over. Moreover, it is dangerous to stay inside the empty classrooms alone,” said a student of class V . Later, a visit to the primary wing of a reputed school on Cool Road also revealed similar lapses when this correspondent with a fake identity got entry into the premises without any hassle. To much dismay, the situation in government schools was found to be more serious in terms of providing safety to its school children. Basking in glory Delay in passport verification: Cop suspended in the cantonment area for the passport verification of his son. The cop demanded the Cantonment-generated Aadhaar card of witnesses, which the family could not produce. Later when the family informed Sinha, he, posing as Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, September 11 Members of parents’ representatives of various schools and other parents of students in the city, after the two major happenings - the brutal killing of A child in Ryan International School in Gurugram and five-year-old girl being raped allegedly by a peon inside a classroom in Delhi, have started raising questions and showing concern regarding the safety norms being followed in government and private schools here. Condemning the incidents, they said proper investigation should be done and culprit should be sentenced to death. Schools must learn a lesson from the incidents and should tighten the overall security and safety of children. One of the parents Bhupinder Singh said, “It’s been two years since the High Court issued the orders that female guards must be present and CCTVs must be installed in the buses and vans ferrying schoolchildren to ensure their security. However, these two guidelines of the High Court are being ignored by a majority of the school buses.” Another parent Vijyeta Taneja said, “Private schools always demand high fee by claiming to have sound infrastructure and security for children, but despite their tall claims, they are not able to safeguard the safety of children. Therefore, we all parents feel that the district administration should conduct police One held for murder of dera head Winner students of KCL Collegiate Sr Sec School in a jubilant mood after the freshers party in Jalandhar on Monday. MALKIAT SINGH Jalandhar, September 11 Jalandhar Police Commissioner Pravin Sinha today suspended a cop for dereliction of duty while doing the police verification of a passport. According to sources, cop Balbir Singh had gone to a serving Army officer’s house Parents raise concern the Army officer, spoke to Singh. Sources said that thinking him to be the same army officer, the cop misbehaved with him as well. Following this, the Police Commissioner asked him to do the verification and submit the report by hand within half an hour to his office. The cop marched up to the Police Commissioner’s office and was handed over a suspension order for being rude and causing harassment to the public by delaying the passport verification by a week. — TNS c m y b Jalandhar, September 11 The Rural police today claimed to have solved the murder case of Dera head Baba Pritam Singh by arresting a person. The accused has been identified as Onkar Singh, a resident of Bhogpur. The police found that the accused was a contract killer. The Dera head was shot dead last year. Onkar Singh, alias Kara (29), along with his friend Rajwinder Singh, alias Raja, who is still at large and is in Germany, had committed the crime. The police said Gurpreet Singh, alias Gopi, from Kapurthala had given Rs 3 lakh to Onkar Singh as he had told Onkar that the Dera head used to do black magic and molested the women, who visited the dera. Gurpreet Singh is still at large and the police said he might be in Dubai. In 2008, accused Onkar had also murdered Malkiat Singh of Kartarpur. In that case, he was sentenced to 20-year imprisonment. After spending six years in Nabha Jail, he was released on bail in 2014 and murdered the dera head in 2016. The accused had entered the dera posing as dera followers. They reached the personal room of the dera head where they shot him after attacking him with a sharp-edged weapon. The police said while leaving the dera, they also took the DVR of CCTV cameras, which were installed at the dera. — TNS verification of all employees of the schools, including teachers, staff, peon, conductors and drivers of school vehicles.” Meenakshi Mehta, whose daughter studies in one of the reputed schools here, said, “The school staff and teachers are least interested in keeping an eye on students’ activities and ensuring their safety. ” In several government schools here, boundary walls lie broken or can be easily scaled. “There are no security guards in the schools and no provision of CCTVs cameras. Unknown persons without seeking any permission are allowed to enter the school premises. The lack of effective security protocol in government schools make our children prone to various threats,” said Rani Mishra, whose son studies in a government school in the city. District Education Officer (Secondary) Neelam Kumari, speaking on security measures adopted by the government for children’s safety and how many security guards are appointed during day and night shift, said in a majority of the government schools in the city, there is no provision or post of security guards. There are only posts of chowkidar or watchmen and they are only supposed to look after the school property at night, she said. While there are no posts for security guards, there are posts for a watchman that is peon-cum-watchmen, she added. told to pay ~27 lakh fine Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 11 The Consumer Court here has ordered Patel Hospital, Jalandhar, to pay an amount of Rs 27 lakh within a period of 45 days to Vishwamitra Sharma (57), a Jalandhar resident, who lost his wife to negligent treatment at the hospital in August 2013. Four years after the demise of his wife Sunita Sharma (then 53), who was a lecturer at a government school, Sharma has won the case against the hospital, wherein the consumer court has told Patel Hospital and two of its doctors to pay an amount of Rs 27 lakh to Sharma within a period of 45 days. The judgment was issued on August 28, 2017. While Sharma’s wife was admitted to the hospital on 10.8.2013 with abdominal pain, she was re-admitted on August 22, 2013, in the hospital for operation wherein stones from her gall bladder were removed and a drain pipe was fired for extraction of pus cells and waste blood. At about 3 pm on the same day while ambulating by doctor to ensure the patient to walk, the removal of drain pipe led to rapid flow of blood and pus cells on the floor. The pipe was refitted and bandage applied. The condition of the patients eventually deteriorated and from August 22, 2013, to August 23,2013, and instead of repairing the drain pipe, the bandage was retained, which Fact file Four years after the demise of his wife Sunita Sharma (then 53), who was a lecturer at a government school, Vishwamitra Sharma (57), a Jalandhar resident, has won the case against the hospital, wherein the consumer court has told Patel Hospital and two of its doctors to pay an amount of Rs 27 lakh to Sharma within a period of 45 days. The judgment was issued on August 28, 2017 caused the accumulation of bile which multiplied by the lack of medical supervision. Instead, antibiotics were increased. The ruling also says that the patient was put under incompetent hands as the doctor on service was incompetent (being just GAMS). An ultrasound was also advised as per records, but the same was strangely not done. The patient wasn’t given any treatment on the night of August 23, 2013 despite repeated requests. Only on the morning (3.30 am) of August 24 was the matter discussed with a doctor, but the accumulation of bile was still not discussed since the bandage has stopped its outflow. The patient’s condition on the same morning became worse with BP un-recordable and feeble pulse. Until the time the ultrasound was re-advised, the patient’s condition continued on page 2
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