An investigation by the Malad police has led to the arrest of three people in connection with the death of a 26-year-old school teacher who died after becoming stuck in a lift at a school in Malad (west) on September 16 this year. A charge of negligently causing death has been filed against all three individuals.
On September 16, an incident occurred at St Mary’s English School near the Chincholi signal on SV Road in Malad (west).
Jenel Fernandes, the deceased teacher, was on her way to the staff room when she entered the lift on the sixth floor. According to eyewitnesses, the lift suddenly began moving upwards, causing her to become stuck and suffer grievous injuries.
Police and firefighters, who were alerted to the incident, rushed to the scene and rescued Fernandes. It was determined that she had died after being rushed to a nearby hospital.
As an assistant teacher, Fernandes joined the school in June of this year.
After an inspector conducted an inspection from the state Industries, Energy and Labour Department, a complaint was filed with Malad Police on September 29, and an FIR was subsequently lodged.
It is required that the private company responsible for maintaining the lift conduct an inspection of the lift every month, according to the agreement between the school and the company. Nevertheless, no inspection of the lift has been conducted since June 2022. As a result of improper maintenance, the lift malfunctioned,” a police official reported.
Johnson John, 56, manager of St Mary’s English School, Rajaram Rane, 59, owner of Classic Elevators in Thane, and Sushil Choudhari, 57, who was responsible for the maintenance work on the lift, have been identified as the arrested accused.
“The accused were produced before a magistrate court, where they were granted bail,” stated Ravindra Adane, senior inspector of the Malad police station.