STATEMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 3 September
A 14-year-old boy, student of class 9 of a government school was run over by a DTC bus, when he was going to his school at Govindpuri area of South East Delhi this afternoon.
The driver Zuber Khan (30) has been arrested. The boy was identified as Harish Sagar, a resident of Sangam Vihar.
According to police, the incident took place at around 12.45 pm, when the boy was going to his school. As he reached near Majeedia hospital, a DTC (Delhi Transport Corporation) hit him from behind.
He was critically injured. The driver of the non-AC low-floor bus had initially fled from the spot, but later was arrested.
Harish is a student of a government school in Tughlakabad Extension. According to police, a call was made to the police control room at around 1 pm. "It was reported that a boy had met with an accident while he was crossing a street near Mehrauli-Badarpur Road," said a senior police officer.
Harish was immediately rushed to AIIMS Trauma Centre with severe head injury which proved fatal with doctors pronouncing him dead on admission. Eyewitnesses told police that he was also dragged under the bus.
After initial probe police said that Harish was a student of the school’s evening shift and was on way to the school when the incident took place. Angered over Harish’s death, a large number of students gathered at the spot and pelted stones at around 16 DTC buses and also blocked the road for an hour.
Some students also tried to torch the DTC buses but police prevailed upon them and controlled the situation.
"The protesters demanded strict action against the driver of the vehicle which was involved in the accident. The crowd got violent and broke glasses of 16 buses. Appropriate legal action is being taken," the officer added. The driver has been booked for rash driving and causing death by negligence.
It is pertinent to mention that an 11-year-old boy was crushed to death by a tanker in Sangam Vihar yesterday. A demonstration was held in the area, but police had resorted to lathi-charge to disperse crowd.