13 students injured as four-wheeler overturns
At least 13 students of a government school were seriously injured, when a four-wheeler in which they were travelling overturned near Satkoha village on Amritsar-Pathankot national highway on Monday.punjab Updated: Oct 13, 2014 22:10 IST
At least 13 students of a government school were seriously injured, when a four-wheeler in which they were travelling overturned near Satkoha village on Amritsar-Pathankot national highway on Monday.
According to available information available, more than 25 students of the Government Senior Secondary School, Jaito Sarja, were going in a goods carrying vehicle to Naushera Majha Singh to participate in a district-level football tournament when the four-wheeler overturned after one of its rear tyres burst.
The incident took place on the usually busy GT road, but fortunately there was not much traffic on the road, when the incident took place.
After receiving information, a police team from Naushera police station rushed to the spot and sent the injured students to Naushera Majha Singh civil hospital, from where the doctors referred seven of them with serious injuries to the civil hospital, Batala.
These seven students were identified as Sukhraj Singh, Harjeet Singh, Akashdeep singh, Sukhwinder Singh, Balwinder Singh, Harwinder Singh and Youngsher Singh.
In stark violation of the Motor Vehicles Act 1988, the school administration had sent more than 25 students aboard a Tata Ace four-wheeler, which was meant to carry goods.
Criticising the school administration, village sarpanch Iqbal Singh said that it was sheer negligence on the part
of school principal, who had sent these students in a goods carrying vehicle.
"If the staff can use their personal vehicles to reach Naushera, why can't they arrange for a proper vehicle for students?" he asked.
When contacted, district education officer (DEO) Amardeep Singh Saini said that he had sent the deputy DEO to the spot and had ordered a departmental inquiry against the school administration.
District transport officer (DTO) JS Grewal confirmed that there was a violation of the Motor Vehicles Act as a goods carrying vehicle was used to carry students. He said appropriate action would be taken in this regard.
Meanwhile, school principal Jasbir Kaur told HT that they used to send students to far-off places in such vehicles earlier also.