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School bus mishap: Cops dilly-dally on probe, no FIR against school management

Jatinder Kohli , Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, August 02, 2014
First Published: 21:45 IST(2/8/2014) | Last Updated: 21:47 IST(2/8/2014)

After Aarush Arora (4), an LKG student of Innocent Hearts School, was crushed to death by his school bus on Friday, the city police have failed to initiate concrete action besides merely arresting the driver and conductor.  

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Aarush died after he fell off the bus as the door was left open.

No FIR was registered against the school management since the bus was found violating the Supreme Court's guidelines on plying of school buses.

The police are apparently soft-pedaling the issue and have not registered an FIR against the school management so far.

Moreover, the police started no drive on Saturday to inspect the school buses in the district to find out whether they were following the apex court guidelines.

On July 26, the commissionerate police had issued orders under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) that school buses without valid permit, driving licence, besides the overloaded ones would be prohibited from plying on the road and action would be taken against the violators.

These orders were passed till September 25.

The Innocent Hearts School bus was running without permit and the driver did not have licence at the time of the accident.

The bus was running without mandatory speed governor and the conductor was not wearing uniform. The seats did not have safety belts as well.

The driver told the police that he had lost his licence.

In July last year, a case under section 188 of the IPC was registered against the principal and two managers of Akal Academy in Boparai Kalan village of the district, after an inquiry by the Phillaur SDM wherein he found the school buses violating the court guidelines.

The police, however, issued notice to the school principal on Saturday under sections 160 and 91 of the CrPC.

The school management was asked to produce all records pertaining to school buses such as permit, registration certificate, records of bus drivers and conductors and other staff deputed with vehicles.

The principal has been directed to submit these documents on Monday.

On Saturday, the police produced the driver and conductor in a local court which sent them into two-day police custody.

After the accident, bus driver Jagdeep Singh, a resident of Bashirpura, and conductor Mandeep Singh of Bhojewal, were taken in police custody after they were nabbed by residents.

Worse, police personnel left parts of Aarush's body on spot and crows were feeding on them after his body was taken to the civil hospital for post-mortem examination.

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