Two minors were killed in two separate incidents on city roads on Wednesday. The incidents took place just a day after the Ghaziabad traffic police received flak from the divisional commissioner (Meerut) over worsening traffic condition in the city.
The first incident took place at Nehru Nagar on Wednesday afternoon. An eight-year-old boy was crushed by a speeding ‘jugaad’ while he was walking to his home after school. The child was identified as Ashu Srivas, whose father Yashwant Lal, is from Madhya Pradesh and operates a cab in the city.
The ‘jugaad’ is an illegal vehicle, which consists of a trolley with wheels that are mounted on a chassis and fitted with an old scooter engine. It is made with scrap parts of scooters and is widely used by shopkeepers and vendors to ferry goods to and from the markets. There is an abundance of these illegal vehicles on Ghaziabad roads.
“The child was walking when the driver of an autorickshaw, coming from the opposite direction, applied brakes to prevent his vehicle from hitting the boy. However, the ‘jugaad’ vehicle coming from behind hit the boy and crushed him. The locals chased the vehicle and nabbed the rider. We have registered an FIR against the person,” Varun Pawar, sub-inspector of Sihani Gate police station, said.
An injured Ashu was taken to two hospitals but he succumbed to his injuries.
In another incident, which took place at Kanawani in Indirapuram, 10-year-old Ruchi was crushed by a speeding container truck on the CISF-Indirapuram Road on Wednesday afternoon, while she was returning home from her school.
The police said that the girl died on the spot. She was a resident of Kanawani village.
The divisional commissioner (Meerut), Alok Sinha, on Tuesday hinted at making a negative entry in the annual confidential report (appraisal) to the Ghaziabad superintendent of police (traffic) over the worsening traffic condition.
“It (discussion on traffic) took place during a meeting held on Tuesday. The commissioner said that there has been no improvement in traffic despite repeated orders in the last six months. The commissioner also brought the issue to the notice of the additional commissioner. This will now be documented. The meeting was on law and order, and development activities,” Gyanendra Singh, additional district magistrate, Ghaziabad, said.