Beach mishap: Parents for case against Pune college

Pune: Parents of some of the 14 students who had drowned at Murud-Janjira beach in Raigad district last month on Saturday staged a protest against the college management and sought registration of a police case for 'negligence'.

"It has been over a month now (since the incident occurred), but the college authorities have not come up with the inquiry report.

"Local police in Murud too are not ready to register a complaint against the teachers and the college authorities who were accompanying the students on the tragic day and had failed to provide help post the incident," alleged Shakila Sayyad who lost her daughter in the mishap.

The tragedy occurred on February 1 when 14 students of Abeda Inamdar Senior College, including ten girls, drowned off the popular beach while picnicking.

The parents held a protest at district collectorate here and submitted their memorandum to the district authorities. The college is run by Maharashtra Cosmopolitan Education Society. Sayyad alleged that Murud police did not pay heed to their complaint.

"We demand that a case of negligence should be lodged against P A Inamdar, president of MCES, besides principal of the college, the teachers who were accompanying students and all those who are responsible for the mishap," said Shivaji Salgar who lost his daughter in the tragedy.

The management had denied any negligence on their part. Savitribai Phule Pune University has also constituted a committee to probe the entire incident.

"We have disbursed first tranche of financial help of Rs 50,000 each out of total Rs one lakh (each), to the next of kin (of the deceased) and remaining amount will also be distributed soon," a varsity official said.

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