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Driver held for molesting schoolkids

india Updated: Apr 28, 2009 00:13 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
Driver held for molesting schoolkids

An FIR has been lodged against two school-bus drivers of a reputed school in Kavinagar area of Ghaziabad, for physically abusing children while ferrying them to school, police said.

An 8-year-old boy, studying in class 3 at the Silver-Line Senior Secondary school under Kavinagar police station area, reported the harassment and physical abuse to his parents on Monday morning. When the vehicle-driver, Shashi Kant, came to the residence the same morning for his daily pick-up, he was thrashed by the residents and handed over to the police. Shashi Kant admitted his involvement in the act and also named the involvement of the other driver, Raj Karan.

“My son reported the matter to me and told us the drivers have been doing this for past five months with other children also, including girls. In my complaint I have named both the drivers and the school authorities also for negligence on their part,” said Ravindra Chauhan, the father and a iron trader at Ghaziabad.

Parents allege that the other driver has been protected by the school authorities who are not handing him over to the police. “I think my son would have been killed had he not reported the matter to me in time. School authorities are equally responsible for this,” Chauhan said.

While SSP Akhil Kumar assured the parents of appropriate action against the accused, a case has been registered in this connection. Silver-Line school principal, Mala Kapoor, could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. The other school officials denied the charges.

“When police officials reached the school, the second driver Raj Karan could not be found. We are investigating the matter. We were told that school authorities have terminated the services of the drivers,” Station Officer Gajendra Singh said.