Two Class 12 students were crushed to death on Monday under the wheels of a Noida authority sewage tanker that hit the motorbike they were riding on.
The victims, Vikas Sharma (17) and Ashish Mandal (18), were students of the Government Inter College (GIC) in Sector 12. The boys were returning from a dispensary where they had gone to buy dengue medicines for Vikas’ sister.
The duo had just reached the main road in front of the dispensary when a speeding sewage tanker hit their bike.
The driver tried to escape but locals caught the driver and his helper and handed them over to the police.
A police team took the victims to the district hospital at Sector 30 where doctors declared them brought dead. On the basis of the ID card recovered from the students, the police informed their family members about the accident. The school authorities were also informed about the incident,” said Neeraj Kumar Singh, station house officer at the Sector 24 station.
“The driver has been arrested from the spot and the tanker has also been seized. We have registered a case under Section 279 (rash driving), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life of others) and 304 A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code against the accused tanker driver. We have sent the driver for medical examination,” said Singh.
The police said Vikas was a resident of Vijay Nagar in Ghaziabad, while Ashish lived in Sorkha Village in Noida. Ashish was driving the bike which belonged to his father.
“Ashish’s family informed us that he went to school every day by public transport but he requested his father to allow him to take the bike during examinations as it saved time,” said Singh. Ashish did not have a driving licence, he added.
The bodies of the students were sent for postmortem, said Singh.