19-year-old student pushed to death by pseudo drill instructor

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] 19 year old girl died when she was pushed from the second floor of a building by an instructor at a private college during a bungled training exercise.


A National Disaster management training programme was being held at Kovai Kalaimagal College of Arts and Science in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. A man posing as a disaster drill instructor pushed Lokeshwari, a 19-year-old BBA student, off the second floor ledge of the college building.

The student was seen screaming in terror as she looked down before being pushed. The incident was highlighted after a video clip of the undergraduate student falling from the college building went viral on social media. In the video, while falling, the student’s head first hit a sunshade.

At about 4 pm, students of the college were being shown how to escape if disaster strikes. A video of the training session has caught the moments before Lokeswari died.

Witnesses said Lokeswari did not want to jump even though a small group of people below promised to catch her. She crashed to the ground after hitting the ledge. She was immediately taken to a private hospital nearby, which reportedly refused to treat her and referred her to a government hospital, where she died.

Officials of the National Disaster Management Authority or NDMA told NDTV that the man identified as Arumugam is not an instructor with them and neither is he trained to carry out drills with people.

Chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami has announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to Lokeswari’s family. “I’ve told the college education department and the police to take strict action,” the Tamil Nadu chief minister told NDTV. Police have arrested the drill instructor and charged him with causing death due to negligence.