A day after nine-year-old Viraj Parmar, a Class 3 student of Shri Vallabhashram School at Sion died in a freak bus accident on Wednesday, the school principal said that apart from fixing three steel bars at the window, all other safety measures were in place.
“We had issued all the safety measures to the bus as given to us by the state government. It only did not have three bars that led to the accident,” said Rosy Singh, the principal of the school.
The school authorities have yet to act against the contractor. According to Singh, apart from ferrying students, the bus also was used for private tours. “It was only on the the request of the parents that the school started a bus service that was used by 30 students. We are yet to decide whether or not to start a new bus service.”
Parents are scared to send their children to school. “The school needs to have better infrastructure. I am scared to send my child to the school,” said a parent.
On Thursday, a few political parties who wanted to the cause of the accident stormed the school. Parmar’s parents are unhappy with the school authorities because they did not attend their child’s funeral.
“We were stuck with the political parties that came to the school. Let things settle down and we will visit the parents,” said Singh.
A school clerk whose two children were present in the bus when the accident took place said, “It was a matter of chance. It was a mishap that could have happened to anyone.” The school will hold a special assembly on Friday where they will hold prayers for Parmar and will visit his home.