A drill safety instructor in India has been arrested after killing a university student in a bungled training exercise, the drill instructor pushed the student from a second floor balcony, in a mock safety drill.
The 19 year old student fell, as a crowd of onlookers watched in horror, and first cracked her head violently in the awkward fall before tumbling to the ground.
Students were positioned below with a crash safety net but were unable to save her unfortunately.
The drill instructor has been arrested by Indian police, officials said Friday.
The whole incident was captured on video and provoked outrage after the footage went viral on social media.
“We are investigating who organised the drill and we have arrested the trainer,” a local police officer in southern Coimbatore city, where the accident occurred, told AFP.
“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.