3 kids’ bodies fished out of Ghaziabad canal

November 28th, 2008 - 9:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Ghaziabad, Nov 28 (IANS) A day after five schoolchildren were run over by a train here, the bodies of three children were fished out of a canal flowing below the railway track, the police said Friday, even as angry people protested the callousness of the local administration. The three schoolchildren were feared to have been jumped into the canal and their bodies were found at about 10.30 p.m. Thursday.

Local residents blocked the New Delhi-Howrah rail track for nearly five hours to protest the way the issue was handled by the district administration. The parents and relatives of the dead children demanded immediate construction of an underbridge so that people can cross over to Anand Vihar and Ramprastha.

The locals demanded compensation of Rs.1 million (Rs.10 lakhs) each to the family members of the dead children.

“Had the administration been sensitive towards our needs, the incident would never have happened. The administration has assured us to construct an underbridge,” said Mohammad Arif, a local resident.

Officials promised the protesters that they would take up the matter with the railways within seven days. The families of the dead children would be paid an immediate compensation of Rs.500,000.

On Thursday, five schoolchildren were killed when Patna bound Shramjivi Express from Delhi ran over them when they were crossing the railway track on their way home.

The incident took place around 1.30 p.m. while the school kids were crossing the rail track near Ramprastha locality here.

“About 20 students of class 8 were returning to their residences at Maharajpur locality from school. They took a short cut below an over bridge when the speeding train crushed them,” Station Officer of Link Road police station Parashuram told reporters here.

The dead children include Vivek Tiwari, Imtiaz, Rahul and Rakesh.

The children, aged about 14-15 years, studied at Sarvodaya Sah-Sikshha Uchtar Madhymik Vidyalay, a government co-educational intermediate school at Anand Vihar in Delhi.

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