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Death of 5-year-old: Police yet to book school management

A day after 5-year-old lost his life due to the negligence of SM International School’s ground staff, the police failed to book the school management even as the deceased’ parents and kin blocked the city’s main Leela Bhavan Chowk for over one and half hours protesting against police inaction in booking school’s principal and the owner.  

punjab Updated: Mar 10, 2017 16:10 IST
Vivek Gupta
Prabjot Singh’s family members form a chain toblock a road in Patiala on Thursday.
Prabjot Singh’s family members form a chain toblock a road in Patiala on Thursday.(HT Photo)

A day after 5-year-old lost his life due to the negligence of SM International School’s ground staff, the police failed to book the school management even as the deceased’ parents and kin blocked the city’s main Leela Bhavan Chowk for over one and half hours protesting against police inaction in booking school’s principal and the owner.  

The victim, Prabhjot Singh, was crushed allegedly under the school bus in front of the school gate on Wednesday morning. While the school’s owner Gurpartap Singh had claimed that the boy met with an accident, when the bus was put into back gear, but the police’s first information report (FIR) stated that the bus driver suddenly started the bus and the hit child when he was entering the school. 

 Even as the deputy commissioner’s magisterial probe was still underway to dig out the facts of the case, the police so far have booked only the bus driver Parminder Singh under Section 304-A (causing death by negligence) and 279 (rash driving) while keeping mum on fixing the responsibility on the school management. 

 Ajaib Singh, station house officer of Urban Estate police station, where the FIR is lodged, said that they were still probing the matter and would accordingly add the relevant section in the FIR against the management if their role was found dubious. 

This is in contrast to the assurances by senior officials, including senior superintendent of police S Bhupati, who asserted that the action would be taken against the management for their utter negligence. 

 But despite assurances, nothing concrete came out by the end of the day as the police were just busy in routine procedures and recording of statements.  

Inconsolable father Iqbal Singh said that the police officials would have moved swiftly if their children were met with such accidents. “Here, I have lost my world and I had to fight on streets to seek justice for my deceased son,” he added. 

He demanded the school owner and the principal should be booked immediately for their negligence that took his son’s life. “I will not rest till the police do not book them,” he added. 

Another protester Raj Kumar alleged that the police were working under pressure of the school management. 

Meanwhile, parents and kin kept the road blocked on Thursday afternoon, causing a huge traffic jam.  They made a human chain around the chowk and shouted slogans against the police as well as the district administration. 

 The protest was lifted after DSP city Hansraj assured the deceased’s kin of a fair investigation and all possible action.  Meanwhile, the accused driver was arrested and will be produced before a court on Friday.