Ex Principal Of Ramjas College Discharged By Court In College Fest Stampede Case

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The ex principal of Ramjas College was discharged of the charges of endangering the life of a student,who was injured in a stampede due to his decision to open the main gate for a festival.

Additional Sessions Judge Narinder Kumar said when the principal noticed a crowd of students on the road,grappling with each other,he deemed it appropriate to open the main gate to ease their entry in the college.It cannot be said that he was negligent in issuing such directions.

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The court said it cannot be said that the principal could visualise that the students,who were standing in a queue in front of a smaller gate, would rush towards the main gate,leading to the stampede. 

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“The¬†court¬†does not find any material on record to suggest that it was act of any recklessness on the part of the principal in taking this decision of issuing such directions for opening of the main gate,” it said.

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The incident took place in February 10, 2012 when Arushi Vashisht, a student of Dyal Singh College along with others had come to attend a fest at Ramjas College. While they were standing in a queue to enter the premises through a smaller gate, the principal directed that the main gate be opened.

As a result, the crowd rushed to get inside due to which Vashisht fell down and others walked over her. She became unconscious and was taken to a nearby hospital.

An FIR was lodged at Maurice Nagar police station after which the trial¬†court¬†framed charges against Ramjas College’s ex principal.

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Shivam Malhotra
A social media enthusiast who is in love with this digital world! Wrote the first article for DU Express in May 2016.

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