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Enraged man hurls stones at school bus after accident in Ludhiana, 2 kids injured

The video of terrified students huddled in the bus later went viral on social media. The security of kindergarten kids was put at stake as there was no grill installed on the windowpanes, which is mandatory as per Safe School Vahan Scheme.

punjab Updated: Aug 01, 2018 13:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
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Glass shards scattered on the floor after window panes of the school bus were damaged by a man who hurled stones at the bus in a fit of rage in Ludhiana on Tuesday. (HT Photo)

In a case of road rage, a man attacked a bus carrying kindergarten schoolchildren and damaged its windowpanes in Gandhi colony in Ludhiana on Tuesday after the bus grazed his scooter while reversing.

While at least 10 students of MGM Public School, Dugri were present in the bus at the time of the incident, two suffered minor injuries, police said.

Driver Vijay Kumar told police that he was picking up children from their houses in Gandhi Nagar on Tuesday morning and while reversing, the vehicle grazed scooter of Ravinder Kumar, a shopkeeper at Gandhi Colony.

“Ravinder started abusing me and hurled stones on the bus. Two windowpanes of the bus were damaged in the incident,” Vijay said.

He added that students panicked and some started crying after glass shards rained on them.

Two children sitting by the window suffered also minor injuries, he said.

“While the students cried, the man continued abusing me. Some people gathered at the spot and recorded the incident on their phones,” claimed the driver. “I informed the school authorities following which they sent another bus for students,” he added.

The video of terrified students huddled in the bus later went viral on social media. The security of kindergarten kids was put at stake as there was no grill installed on the windowpanes, which is mandatory as per Safe School Vahan Scheme.

However, no case was registered as the driver of the bus entered into a compromise with Ravinder.

ASI Kulwant Chand, Kochar Market police post in-charge said as there was no written complaint, the police did not lodge an FIR. He added that the school authorities too did not file a written complaint.

“A case will be registered soon after receiving complaint as it is a matter of safety and security of children,” he said. He also claimed that the accused shopkeeper was not in the right state of mind at the time of incident.

Meanwhile, MGM Public School principal Poonam Sharma said claimed that she asked the driver to lodge a case.

She added that she was not aware that the driver had struck a compromise with the accused. “I will ask the driver with whose permission he struck a compromise,” she said.

Parents’ body demand action

Ludhiana School Parents Association (LSPA demanded an immediate FIR against the shopkeeper under the Juvenile Justice Act.

Swaroop Singh, vice president of the association, said that the police failed to streamline traffic and enforce the government policy.

“People who indulge in such hooliganism with no care for small children must be punished,” he said. He alleged that the police were generally seen collecting challan money from people, but failed to enforce traffic rules in the city.

The Communist Party of India also demanded action against the accused.

In a statement released on Tuesday, DP Maur, party district secretary, said there should be separate police force for traffic management and those engaged in VIP duty should be put on for public causes.

First Published: Aug 01, 2018 13:22 IST