Four months after 13 van-borne schoolchildren were killed in a road crash, the Nakodar city police have booked the management of Akal Academy, Boparai Kalan village, for disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant and carrying persons in excess of the vehicle's seating capacity.
Station house officer (SHO, city) Subash Bath said Ravinder Singh, director, Amandeep Kaur, principal, and Jobinder Singh, chief manager of the academy, had been booked on the recommendations made in the inquiry report submitted by the Nakodar subdivisional magistrate (SDM). The SDM had probed the reasons which led to the March 4 mishap in which the schoolchildren and the van driver were killed.
Phillaur SDM Jasbir Singh, who was holding additional charge of Nakodar, in the probe report submitted to the Jalandhar deputy commissioner, said the principal and management of the academy violated directions issued by the Punjab government and the Punjab and Haryana high court.
The report said the van driver did not have a driving licence, there were 24 schoolchildren in the van against the sanctioned capacity of 12, and the vehicle neither had a school permit nor was painted yellow.
The report added that students' parents had lodged complaints against the van driver with the principal, but to no avail.
The SDM concluded in his report that necessary action must be taken against the school management for violating directions.
The SHO said a case under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 177 (carrying persons in excess of seating capacity of the vehicle) of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, had been registered against the accused. No arrest has been made so far.