A Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus was set ablaze and several others were vandalized after a 12-year-old boy was crushed to death by a speeding bus at the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Corridor in South East Delhi’s Ambedkar Nagar while he was on his way to school in Khanpur on Friday morning.
The incident took place around 10:30 am when the victim Aman Kataria was heading to his school in Khanpur. “People gathered around the bus when it suddenly halted after a loud screech. After sometime the crowd realized that Aman was under it, lying in a pool of blood,” said Renu Bibi, an eyewitness.The bus driver tried to escape but the locals caught him, beat him up and later handed him over to the police.
Police officials said several PCR teams were rushed to the spot immediately but the crowd turned violent and started protesting. “They torched the bus and pelted stones on other buses passing in the area. Even police teams were attacked but the situation was eventually brought under control,” said a police official.
Deputy commissioner of police (southeast) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said a case under rash driving and causing death due to negligence had been registered against the bus driver. He will be arrested after being discharged from hospital where he is undergoing treatment. He said another case of rioting was registered for creating ruckus and damaging public property.
Aman’s mother Reena said: “On most occasions, he used to go to school with his younger sister but he had an exam today which is why he headed to school alone,” said Reena.
The mother said that the boy lay unconscious under the wheel of the bus for almost two hours when the police finally reached. “He didn’t move and by the time he was taken to the hospital, he was declared brought dead,” she added.
Aman studied in class 5 and locals said he was bright student. “Aman was the eldest among two brothers and sister. His father had been ill for almost a year, the family is now completely devastated,” said a family member. The Delhi government has announced a compensation of `5 lakh for the family.