Nainital magistrate orders investigation on Sherwoods student death


The sad and tragic death of 14-year-old Sherwood College student Shaan Prajapati has raised questions on the school authority. The death is believed to be the result of medical negligence, the Nainital magistrate on Saturday ordered an inquiry into the case after it was transferred from Noida to the hill district. "Such incidents pose a threat to the reputation of Nainital and the educational institutions set up here. I have ordered an inquiry in this case and have asked for a report within two weeks," said Deepak Rawat, district magistrate, Nainital.

The Inquiry will be headed by additional district magistrate Uday Veer Singh Rana. "All the people involved in this case will be questioned and every aspect will be examined carefully," assured Rawat. Recently, the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development also wrote a letter to the chairman of the governing body of the college, demanding a fair and impartial probe into the matter.

Neena Shreshtha, Shaan’s mother, has already met the Nepalese prime minister, seeking his support in demanding a fair investigation by the Indian police. Earlier, she submitted a petition to the Indian embassy in Kathmandu in this regard.

Yeshaswee Shreshtha (22), Shaan’s first cousin, who came all the way from Kathmandu to Delhi to attend the remembrance meeting, said, "All we want is justice. We have lost a member of our family."

Meanwhile, the police have begun investigation into the matter, but are not keen on revealing the progress in the case. "We do not want to reveal any vital information as it may affect the case," said a police officer who did not wish to be quoted.

The online campaign titled "Justice For Shaan" is already gaining momentum, with thousands of followers on Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp reacting to day-to-day developments. The Nainital residents have planned another candlelight march on November 29 to condemn the alleged malpractices of the school administration.

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