A 16-year-old student of Budugehinna Central College in Galkiriyagama, was killed when a concrete post at the school grounds fell on him last evening.
Investigations revealed that the student was injured when a concrete post at the school’s sports pavilion that was under construction, fell on the student while he was engaged in sports activities.
Police said the Grade-11 student, Sashidu Krishan Karunathilake, a resident of Watagala, died after admission to the Galewela Hospital. Following the death of the student, a tense situation prevailed at the school today when a group of parents urged the police to arrest the school principal over the tragedy.
The protesting parents had reportedly held the school principal captive in a room for nearly four hours. Amidst the protest, the Kekirawa Acting Magistrate arrived at the school and had conducted an examination of the scene.
New Governor of the North Central Province, Sarath Ekanayake, also arrived at the school to look into the incident. He had instructed that two investigations be conducted, one from the Governor's office and another from the Education Ministry regarding the incident.
He also informed that an investigation should also be conducted into the construction carried out at the school on the instruction of the school principal. The deputy principal informed the parents and students that the school will be closed for January 11. (Kanchana Ariyadasa)
suresh Thursday, 10 January 2019 14:19
These can easily be avoided. A persons life is far too valuable
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IVJ Thursday, 10 January 2019 17:49
In SL, people cut corners for personal gains without considering the wider impact. We boast if 2000 year old human civilization history but if we are honest about it, we have become barbaric over the past 2000 years instead of the opposite...Sad.
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Gamaya Thursday, 10 January 2019 20:47
Let not any one try to become heroes out of this tragedy. Let's just ensure that remedial action is taken for the future. ANITHCHAWATHA SANKARA!
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Kamala Friday, 11 January 2019 15:10
Any vulnerable structures have to be removed from school premises or anywhere public is moving about. Pathetic situation for the family members of the deseased child.
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