Morena school girl’s death: Police yet to arrest bus driver, helper

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Morena/Bhopal
  • Updated: Apr 10, 2016 21:52 IST
Deceased Lovely Gurjar seen along with her elder sister in a photo. (HT photo)

A day after a six-year-old school girl died allegedly due to the carelessness of a driver of school bus in Morena, police are yet to arrest the bus driver and his helper.

The driver of St Mary’s School bus, identified as Mahendra Pratap Kashyap and his helper Lokendra, were on Saturday booked under Section 304 of Indian Penal Code for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, said Civil Lines police station chief Yogendra Jadaun.

“We’re conducting searches and hope to arrest the duo soon,” he said.

Lovely Gurjar, a Class 1 student of the school, fell off the school bus and was crushed under the rear wheels. The incident took place when Lovely along with other schoolchildren was returning home from school.

Police said Lovely boarded the bus after school in the afternoon and minutes later, she felt nauseated and told the bus helper, Lokendra, about it and he asked the driver to stop the bus but he didn’t pay heed to it.

As the girl leaned forward to vomit, the driver applied the brakes at a speed breaker, she lost her balance and came under the wheels and was run over. The driver and his helper fled after the incident leaving the bus behind, police said.

Disappointed with the police only registering a criminal case against the bus driver and his helper, the family members of the deceased girl demanded that the school management be booked for the incident for being insensitive and not rushing Lovely to the hospital on time.

Girl’s kin to meet collector, SP for booking school management

The girl’s uncle, Sandip Singh Gurjar and another relative, Tehsildar Singh alleged the school management of negligence and being insensitive. After the school bus driver and his helper fled, no one from the school came to the spot or rush Lovely to a hospital, they said.

Lovey’s dead body lay on the road for more than an hour, while other children in the bus were dropped to their houses by the police, said Gurjar

“We’ll meet district collector Vinod Sharma and police superintendent Vinit Khanna on Monday and demand that the school management is booked for negligence and a criminal case be initiated against them,” he said.

The girl’s family members said that it was the police, who informed them about the incident and not the school management.

The school principal Father AX Harshal, however, claimed that immediately after coming to know about the incident, the school staff rushed to the spot. “Efforts were made to contact the girl’s family, but they couldn’t be contacted,” he said.

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