The family of three-year-old Tanuja Kapoore, who was knocked down by a school bus on Monday morning, alleged that she died because of the delay in receiving treatment at Rajawadi Hospital. The family has also demanded Rs5 lakh compensation from RN Gandhi School, Ghatkopar, whose bus caused the accident.
Tanuja, who lived near the school, was outside the school when the bus hit her. The police later arrested the bus driver, B Vannan, 42.
The accident occurred at 7am. A neighbour, Chanda Hatkar, who saw the accident, took the child to hospital. “I immediately got an auto driver to take her to hospital. Though we reached the hospital by 7.15am, her treatment began only by 9am. There were only two nurses and no doctor. Had she got immediate aid, she would have survived,” Hatkar said.
Hospital authorities denied any delay. “The patient was brought in at 7.55 am. We immediately took her into casualty and sent her for an X-ray. During treatment, the child went into shock and died,” said Dr Seema Malik, chief medical superintendent, BMC peripheral hospitals. “The X-ray showed a fractured pelvic bone and a crushed right thigh bone,” Malik said.
A police press release stated that the doctor at Rajawadi Hospital was wanted in the case for not providing medical aid in time. “The concerned doctor is wanted in the case of Tanuja Kapoore for not providing medical aid to the girl in time and for showing negligence thereby leading to her death,” read the press release put up on the Mumbai police website.
Tanuja’s mother, Sheela, is in shock. “The school and hospital are responsible for my daughter’s death. I want the school to compensate us,” said Tanuja’s father, Babban, who works at a construction site. The family had shifted from Nanded to Mumbai six months ago. They have two sons and live in a rented room near the school.
The school claimed it was not responsible for the accident as the bus was owned by a private contractor. “We do not have any details right now on how the accident occurred. But, the bus is owned by a private contractor,” said Ashid Gandhi, head of administrative staff, RN Gandhi School. “We are cooperating with the family and are deciding how much compensation should be given.”
Vannan has been working with a private bus company associated with the school for more than seven years. “Vannan said he did not see the child. He has been booked under Section 304 (A) of the IPC for causing death due to negligence,” R Gavit of Tilak Nagar police station said.