A six-year-old boy mysteriously died after eating from his tiffin box at Century Rayon school, Ulhasnagar, on Tuesday morning, leaving his parents and the school authorities grappling to determine what had happened.
Arjunsingh Mohansingh Jina, left from his home, which is quite close to his school, at around 7.30 am. During recess at 10.30 am, he was eating from his tiffin box, which he allegedly got from his home, when he suddenly fell to the ground. A watchman on duty saw the boy lying on the floor and informed his class teacher Prema, who rushed to the spot, picked up the boy and took him to the hall. Arjunsingh then opened his eyes and told her that he had just had his tiffin, and that he felt like vomiting. After being administered some medicine, he vomited, after which the teacher and some members of the school staff took him to a nearby hospital. On the way, they informed Arjunsingh's parents who then rushed to the hospital. However, during treatment, the doctor on duty declared him dead.
An officer from Ulhasnagar police station said, "The post-mortem reports are awaited. We have registered a case of accidental death as of now, and are investigating further to ascertain the exact cause of death." Sources said they suspected a case of food poisoning.
After the news of their son's death, Arjunsingh's parents met school principal Kailashpati Pal and asked her the reason. When she was unable to give a satisfactory answer, they allegedly broke a few objects in her office. The principal immediately alerted the police.
Arjunsingh's mother said, "My son died because of the school's negligence. Going by the amount it charges, it is the school's duty inform the parents if anything happens to the children. Though he was taken to the hospital, we were informed late."
Principal Pal said, "The boy had bought the tiffin box from home and he had not been well for the past few days. We haven't done anything that can be termed as negligence."