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School bus crushes girl

A LITTLE girl was killed and 10 schoolchildren were injured in two separate accidents in the City on Thursday. In an accident that occurred in the afternoon, a bus belonging to the New Digamber Public School killed a two-and-a-half-year-old girl near Agrasen Crossing. An irate mob later damaged the bus.

india Updated: Nov 03, 2006 15:05 IST

Ten schoolchildren hurt in separate mishap
A LITTLE girl was killed and 10 schoolchildren were injured in two separate accidents in the City on Thursday. In an accident that occurred in the afternoon, a bus belonging to the New Digamber Public School killed a two-and-a-half-year-old girl near Agrasen Crossing. An irate mob later damaged the bus.

The girl, Muskan, was crushed under the wheels of the bus that her elder brother had just boarded to go to school. The school bus had stopped just near their house at 39, Agrasen Nagar, and while Muskan’s mother Asha was seeing off her son, the little girl somehow came out of the house and came under the front wheels of the bus. No one saw her coming in front of the bus - neither the bus driver, nor the conductor, or even her mother.

The bus was driving very slowly, but when it hit Muskan she came under the wheels and died. She was, however, taken to a nearby hospital where they pronounced her brought dead.

The irate public then got all the children down from the bus and broke the windshield and damaged the bus. In the other accident on Thursday morning a nagar seva bus hit an autorickshaw carrying school children at Palasia injuring 10 of them. The accident occurred at around 6.50 am when the rashly driven nagar seva (MP-09-S-9097) coming from Khajrana hit an autorickshaw (MH02-U-7165) coming from Vijaynagar at the Palasia crossing. There were 10 children in the autorickshaw, all students of Central School, living in Scheme Nos 74 and 54.

Instead of helping the children, nagar seva driver Milind Pawar - resident of Shanti Nagar - ran away. However, he was chased and ultimately caught by the Palasia police. The nagar seva has also been seized. Autorickshaw driver Lakhan said that after the accident, he pleaded with a number of car owners to stop and help him, but no one stopped. It was passers-by on foot who helped take the children to SNG and Greater Kailash hospitals.

Fortunately, no one was seriously injured, save Ayushi who had a deep gash on her head, which had to be bandaged. Most of the other children had only minor cuts and bruises, but were in shock.

The parents of the children were informed about the accident and they came rushing to the hospitals and heaved a sigh of relief when they found their wards safe. Those injured in the accident were Ayushi, Kushal Ray, Shivendu Sen, Tanmay Painter, Abhilasha Bahar, Adisha Ray, Vivek Shukla, Anupdevi Shukla and Niharika Rathore.

While the nagar seva driver was at fault, equally at fault was the autorickshaw driver who had piled 10 children into his autorickshaw in violation of all norms. Police have not taken any action against the autorickshaw driver for overloading.