- College student in Coimbatore dies during disaster preparedness drill
- Student crashed to the ground after trainer pushed her off the ledge
- Trainer was arrested and charged with causing death due to negligence
An untrained man conducting a disaster drill at a Tamil Nadu college pushed a 19-year-old student from a second floor ledge, causing her death. In a video taken moments before her death, the student can be seen screaming in terror as she looked down before being pushed. Logeswari, the second year student is seen hitting her head on the ledge of the floor below and then hitting the ground.
The bizarre disaster preparedness drill took place on Thursday at the Kalai Magal Arts and Science College in Coimbatore, where Logeswari was studying for a business degree.
Officials of the National Disaster Management Authority or NDMA told NDTV that the so-called instructor, "Arumugam", is not on its team and was not trained to carry out drills with people.
At about 4 pm yesterday, students were being shown how to escape if disaster strikes. A video of the training session has caught the moments before Logeswari died. She was seen crouching on the ledge, looked too scared to follow Arumugam's instruction to jump.
Witnesses said Logeswari was afraid 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.
Arumugam has been arrested and charged with causing death by negligence.
Chief Minister E Palaniswami has announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for Lokeswari's family. "I've told the college education department and the police to take strict action," he told NDTV.