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Doctors quizzed over kid’s death

Calcutta, May 10: Police today spoke to doctors and employees at a nursing home where a Class I boy was declared dead on Thursday, in connection with a case of death due to negligence against the child’s school.

Rajonyo Sarkar, 6, had collapsed in the second-floor corridor of South Point School after his music class around 9.30am on Thursday. It’s not clear how much time had passed before he was taken to Repose nursing home in Broad Street, where he was declared dead sometime after arrival.

“We spoke to two doctors who were present when Rajonyo was brought in. One of them is the resident medical officer. They said that immediately after the boy arrived, they took him to the ICCU. When he did not respond to treatment, he was declared dead,” an officer said.

Repose manager Samir Kumar Ghosh told this newspaper: “The police came around noon and stayed more than an hour. We told them that when the child was brought to us, he had already died. His face had turned pale, his lips were blue and his eyes dilated.”

He added: “Even then, we tried our best to revive him. But when he did not respond to treatment in the ICCU, we declared him dead.”

The case against the school management has been started on the basis of a complaint by the boy’s family.

Rajonyo’s father, advocate Raja Sarkar, said: “A guardian told us that Rajonyo was throwing up when he was put on the bus that took him to the nursing home. We have also learnt that he lay unattended at the school for a long time.”

The school has said Rajonyo was attended to immediately after he collapsed. The police have spoken to the principal, class teacher, school nurse and the teachers who saw the child on Thursday and recorded their statements.

Sources said the police would visit the nursing home again to speak to two more doctors who had examined Rajonyo.