Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has promised strict action against those responsible for the lapses in the death of 9-year-old girl in the classroom.

Vijayan took to Facebook and said that teachers are responsible to teach students how to act when a situation like this happens. "But in this case, the fellow students say that even after they pleaded with the teachers to take the student to the hospital, they completely ignored it. The incident is deeply saddening and I will interfere to ensure strict action is taken," he said.

The primary teacher was suspended by the deputy director, education, for the lapse while the education minister of the state has also ordered a detailed probe into the incident.

The health minister has also suspended, pending inquiry, the doctor of the Sulthan Bathery Taluk hospital, where the girl was taken for treatment, for initially failing to detect the snake bite.

Parents of the deceased child have accused the school authorities of negligence, alleging the girl was made to wait at the school after the snake bit her and was taken to the hospital only after they reached the school.

According to sources, the girl, Shahla, was bitten by a snake in her classroom. After the girl observed physical difficulties and injury marks, she informed the class teacher. Soon the student's parents rushed her to a nearby hospital. The school management said, Shahla was sitting close to the wall and was bitten by a snake when she inserted her foot into a hole in the wall.

On her way to a government hospital (medical college), Shahla began to suffocate and was rushed to a private hospital. Doctors confirmed that it was a snakebite. However, they failed to save the girl.