The police have filed more charges against G. Arumugam, 31, who impersonated a trainer of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), in the case relating to the death of N. Logeswari, 19, a student who had a fatal fall during an unauthorised disaster preparedness drill at a private college in Coimbatore on July 12.

G.S. Anitha, Additional Superintendent of Police, Coimbatore District (Rural), said that the FIR against Arumugam had been altered. New charges were filed under Sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of the Indian Penal Code.

Initially, Arumugam was arrested under Section 304 (ii) of the IPC (Culpable homicide not amounting to murder). Arumugam had used the name and logo of the NDMA in fake letterheads he had prepared for various purposes.

He had also used the logo of the NDMA in forged certificates.

The new charges were filed after the NDMA issued an official statement that Arumugam was not a trainer associated with the organisation, and an official from the authority contacted the police, Ms. Anitha said.

A day after the tragic death of the student, the NDMA tweeted that it was not involved in that fateful drill, and that the trainer was not authorised by it.

“He is the only accused in the case as of now. Others who worked with him were misguided and hence they cannot be named as accused,” said Ms. Anitha.

Investigations had revealed that Arumugam had assistants in every district for arranging unauthorised disaster management sessions in educational institutions. It was their task to bring nets used for safe landing when participants are made to jump from a height.

Alandurai Inspector A. Thangam said the accused did not have much money in his savings accounts. “The bank account of Arumugam had barely Rs. 7,000 in it. His postal savings account had nearly Rs. 10,000.”

Arumugam is believed to have conducted over 1,400 disaster management sessions at various educational institutions across Tamil Nadu since 2011.

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