Additional district and sessions judge Sanjeev Arya on Thursday awarded 4-year rigorous imprisonment to Arjun Public Senior Secondary School (APS) manager Vikram Singh and principal Shakti Singh for their alleged negligence that had resulted in the death of 13 schoolchildren in a road mishap on the Saha-Shahbad road in the district on January 2, 2011.
The court also awarded cargo company truck driver Ashok Kumar, who was involved in the accident, four-and-a-half years’ sentence.
It also slapped a fine of Rs 2 lakh each on the school manager and principal and Rs 17,000 on the driver.
The accused were booked under Sections 279 (rash driving), 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 188 (disobedience of orders duly promulgated by public servant) and various sections of the Motor Vehicles Act.
The court also ordered that the family of each victim be paid Rs 30,000 each.
Thirteen schoolchildren and the van driver were killed and 18 others injured in a head-on collision between the school van and a cargo company truck when the children were on way to school on a foggy morning. The deceased students were in the age group of five to eight. Thirty students were travelling in the van having a capacity of 10.
The truck was allegedly going at a high speed and the driver was not able to spot the approaching van due to thick fog. As a result of the collision, the van had fallen into a 10-feet-deep gorge.