Aditya Jain (16) did not want to go to school on Monday because he had lost his tie.His mother made him wear a sweater and go, as she did not want him to miss school.
Minutes after starting from home, Jain — a student of Class IX at Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya, Mori Gate — was crushed by a speeding Blueline bus.
Jain, a resident of Pushta Colony, was on way to school with his friends. He was crossing the road in Shastri Park, northeast Delhi, when the accident happened, police said.
Jain was the 97th victim of a Blueline bus mishap this year.
There was a traffic jam for almost two hours in the area as angry students vandalised more than 10 buses and beat the bus conductor of the bus involved in the accident.
The driver escaped from the spot, but the bus has been impounded.
The incident was reported around 8 am on Monday.
“I forced him to go to school,” said his mother Sunita Jain. “He would have been alive had I not forced him to go.”
His father Santosh Jain is an autorickshaw driver and usually dropped his son to school.
“My brother seldom took the bus to school. Papa had some work this morning and he left early,” said Ayushi Jain, his sister.
The family was planning a visit to their native place in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, and Jain was excited about it.
This was one of the reasons why his mother did not want him to miss class, said Ayushi.
Police said the bus was speeding and the driver was at fault.
“We are looking for the driver. He abandoned the bus after the incident and fled,” said S.S. Yadav, deputy commissioner of police (northeast). “Investigations reveal that he was speeding. The student was crossing the road when the incident took place.”
Ravi Kumar, one of Jain's classmates, witnessed the mishap.
“We were standing at the bus stand and were about to cross the road. Jain was a little ahead of us, so he came under the wheels of the bus,” he said.