Siliguri, July 12: Six students of Siliguri Hindi High School for Girls were injured this morning as they tried to hurry down a school staircase in panic, mistaking a loud thud next door for an earthquake.
All of them are under treatment.
“Around 9am, some students, attending classes in the first floor (of the three-storied building) were seen rushing towards the staircase fearing an earthquake,” said Bhaswati Chakraborty, teacher-in-charge of the school.
The injured are Jyoti Prasad, Kajol Sharma, Preeti Yadav, Kusum Singh, Nikita Jaiswal and Deepa Routh . The first five were admitted to a private nursing home in Khalpara, while Deepa was taken to the Siliguri district hospital.
Rudranath Bhattacharya, the Siliguri MLA and senior Trinamul leader Deepak Shil visited the school and the nursing home. “Five of them have suffered external injuries but Jyoti Prasad, a Class XI student, has sustained head injuries, and needs a CT Scan,” said the MLA.
Maintenance of the school building would be discussed and decided in due course,” the MLA added.