A teenage girl has died after she was pushed from the second floor of a building by an instructor at her private college in India during a bungled training exercise.
Horrified onlookers watched as the 19-year-old struck a concrete landing after being shoved off a ledge by the instructor at Kovai Kalaimagal College of Arts and Science in Coimbatore, on Thursday.
N. Lokeshwari screamed in terror as she sat on the ledge during the incident which was captured on video and provoked outrage after the footage went viral on social media.
The 19-year-old had been reluctant to jump, but an instructor is seen prompting her repeatedly until finally pushing her.
N. Lokeshwari (pictured) died after she was pushed from the second floor of a building by an instructor at her private college in India during a bungled training exercise
of students positioned below with a crash net could only watch as the
young student cracked her head violently in the awkward fall before
tumbling to the ground.
She was transported to a hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival after she sustained fatal injuries on her neck and head.
Indian police have arrested the drill instructor and charged him with causing death due to negligence.
The college had arranged for an instructor to give around 20 students disaster management classes on Thursday morning.
That evening, the instructor – identified as R. Arumugham - asked for volunteers to take part in one of the college's regular mock drills.
'The girl said she was interested in jumping from the second floor, but later backed out. So she was sent back by the trainer,' a student told the Times of India.
'Later, she gained confidence and told the trainer that she wanted to jump.
'However, when she got on to the sunshade, she was overcome by fear and reluctant to jump.
'But the trainer kept prompting her and finally he gave her a push.'
Police have launched an investigation and taken the instructor into custody.
'We are investigating who organised the drill and we have arrested the trainer,' a local police officer in southern Coimbatore city, said.
Other students are seen holding a net for her to land on but the girl, a second-year undergraduate student, hit a sunshade on the first floor and died instantly
'She sustained fatal injuries on her neck and head. The trainer has been charged with causing death due to negligence,' said the officer, who requested anonymity as he was not permitted to talk to the media.
The National Disaster Management Authority, which stages mock disaster drills across India, said it did not organise or sanction Thursday's event.
'The trainer wasn't authorised by NDMA to conduct such a drill,' the authority posted on Twitter.
Local media reports said the instructor was not certified to perform such a drill and college authorities had not sought official permission to stage the exercise.