Coimbatore, July 14: The Coimbatore police has arrested the trainer who nudged and pushed to death the 19-year-old girl during a disaster preparedness drill at the Kovai Kalaimagal College of Arts and Science near Coimbatore district in Tamil Nadu yesterday. The police arrested the 31-year-old trainer, G Arumugam who had claimed to be a trainer from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). He has been booked under Section 304(II) (Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder). Also Read - Domestic Flights Update: Now Take Flights To Mangalore, Madurai, Coimbatore, Kangra - Read On
As per police, he wasn’t authorised by the NDMA to conduct such training programmes. Arumugam’s degrees, including a PhD were all fake and he had been fooling college authorities since 2011 by sending letters to colleges seeking permission to train students in safety drill. He also did not charge any fee from the colleges for the training he offered. Meanwhile, the NDMA has also clarified that he wasn’t trained by their authorities nor he was a member of the disaster management organisation. Also Read - Kolkata Safest For Women? The City Recorded Least Number of Sexual Assault Cases Among Metro Cities, Says NCRB Report
Additional superintendent of police GS Anitha said, “He would say college managements need not pay him. Instead the students can pay 50 each if they need a certificate on completion of disaster management exercise.” Also Read - BJP Workers Offer 70-kg 'Laddu' at Coimbatore Temple Ahead of PM Modi's 70th Birthday
It must be noted that the college authorities did not run a background check on the accused trainer. As per the college invitation, the safety drill was conducted in the college premises. It also stated that the trainer is from NDMA and no background checks were done on the trainer before. Following the incident, the college authorities declared a holiday yesterday and was evasive.
Meanwhile, police officials have not yet taken any action against the college authorities. The state government on the other hand, has promised to take stringent action. As for the girl’s parents, they vow to get justice for their daughter.