A seven-year-old boy died while two of his siblings were injured after being knocked down by a school bus on the Ghatkopar-Andheri Link Road on Thursday.
The police have arrested the bus driver Jallauddin Shaikh, 25, for causing death due to negligence and rash driving. Students from RN Gandhi School, Ghatkopar were travelling in the bus when the incident occurred, but no one was injured, the police said.
According to the police, the victim Ashok Sidhappa Murgan was with his brother Suresh,12, and sister Laxmi,10, when the accident occurred. The siblings studying in a municipality school at Laxmi Nagar in Ghatkopar were returning to their residence at Kamraj Nagar.
While they were crossing the road, the school bus knocked them down. The police said Ashok died on the spot. The injured were taken to nearby Rajawadi hospital.
The incident led to local residents blocking the road for a while because they were demanding a subway.
Vijaya Singh, principal, RN Gandhi School, said none of the students on board the bus were injured in the mishap. “All the students on board the bus are safe,” said Singh. “We are shocked by the incident because we have never had any such troubles in the 20 years that we have been working with the contractor.”
The bus was one of six on-contract buses hired by the school. “In fact, we had a meeting with the bus drivers and attendants a few months ago on safety measures,” said Singh.
School authorities said they would take additional steps to ensure the safety of students in the buses from now on.
“We are planning to evaluate the situation and take necessary steps to ensure that such incidents are not repeated,” said Singh.