School bus driver held for putting lives of 30 kids in danger in Dadri

Updated on Aug 04, 2022 12:13 AM IST
Greater Noida: A 37-year-old school bus driver was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly putting the lives of 30 children at risk as he rammed the bus on a closed railway barrier in Dadri area of Gautam Budh Nagar
HT Image
HT Image

Greater Noida: A 37-year-old school bus driver was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly putting the lives of 30 children at risk as he rammed the bus on a closed railway barrier in Dadri area of Gautam Budh Nagar. The incident took place on Monday morning at the Kheri railway crossing on the Delhi-Howrah railway line.

According to officials, the driver, identified as Ayaram (37), was ferrying 30 students from Kailashpur village to the private school in Kheri village.

“When the bus reached Kheri village ‘fatak’ (railway line barrier), the barricade was just closing. However, since the driver was speeding, he did not stop and rammed into the barrier. Even after breaking the barrier, the driver did not stop and continued to speed ahead, crossing the railway line,” said SK Verma, inspector in charge of RPF (Railway Police Force) police station, Dadri.

Verma added that an official from the RPF post directed him to stop but to no avail. “A train was going to pass through the railway line when the driver sped through it dangerously. He was directed to stop ahead by railway officials but he did not heed to their advice. The Government Railway Police (GRP) registered a case against the driver on Monday and arrested him from the school on Tuesday,” he said, adding that there were at least 30 children aged between six to 10 years inside the bus at the time of the incident. The bus is owned by the school, he said.

The bus driver, who is a resident of Kailashpur village, has been booked under Section 160 (2) (if any person breaks any gate or chain or barrier set up on either side of a level-crossing which is closed to road traffic, he shall be punishable) of the Railways Act by GRP. The case has been registered at RPF Dadri and the vehicle has been impounded, sources said.

Meanwhile, deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Ganesh Saha said that the traffic police department keeps a close watch on school buses. “We carry out regular drives to train school bus drivers while the regional transport office department keeps a close watch on the fitness of the buses. Drivers ferrying children are advised not to drive recklessly,” he said.

Officials of the regional transport office in Gautam Budh Nagar did not respond to calls or messages despite repeated requests.

The incident has raised concerns among parents in the area regarding the safety of their kids in school buses. “This is a shocking incident and has raised alarm among all parents in the district. Due to the carelessness of the driver, the lives of the children were put to risk. If the train had hit the bus, it would have been a major disaster. Schools need to ensure that their bus drivers are not reckless,” said Manoj Kataria, founder, Gautam Budh Nagar Parents’ Welfare Society.

Earlier in April, a nine-year-old student at a private school in Modinagar town of Ghaziabad died after his head hit a pole when he peeped out of the window of the school bus. The incident had led to a huge outcry by parents against school officials as well as rash drivers of school buses.

Officials of the school could not be reached for a comment.

Close Story

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Rainfall was likely to continue in Odisha. (Hindustan Times (Representative))

    Odisha floods: 4 pilgrims rescued in Cuttack

    Four pilgrims returning home from Puri's Jagannath Temple were rescued after their car was caught in floodwaters in Cuttack on Monday night even as water released from the Hirakud Dam into the Mahanadi river caused breaches in embankments and led to flooding at separate places in Odisha. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik was expected to review the flood situation on Tuesday with officials including the special relief commissioner.

  • The driver and the cleaner of the truck also died in accident. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

    Truck rams into house in Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri, kills couple

    A retired police sub-inspector and Parushram Singh's' wife were killed when a truck carrying building material rammed into their roadside house at Kurawali in Uttar Pradesh's Mainpuri district on Monday night, a police officer said. Senior police superintendent Kamlesh Kumar Dixit said the truck on its way from Delhi lost control and rammed into Parushram Singh's house. “Parushram Singh and his wife died. ... Rescue operations were undertaken and injured were sent for treatment,” said Dixit.

  • Police personnel deployed to maintain law and order after a dispute between two groups in Shivamogga.

    Shivamogga: Man accused of stabbing ‘shot in leg’, say police; 3 held so far

    Three people have been arrested and police are on the lookout for a fourth after clashes between two communities in Karnataka's Shivamogga district led to violence. The two communities clashed Monday over the display of banners showing Hindutva ideologue Vinayak Damodar Savarkar and 18th century ruler Tipu Sultan. The third accused - Mohammed Jabi alias Charbi - is the man who attacked the policeman, who is being treated Zabi's his injuries.

  • The Kolkata Municipal Corporation has identified at least 13 wards as highly prone to dengue. (Shutterstock)

    Dengue cases shot up around 7 times in Bengal till August first week

    Dengue cases shot up nearly seven times in West Bengal till August first week compared to last year even as at least 11 municipalities have been identified the areas where the disease is taking a heavy toll. The state health department said around 450 dengue cases were detected till the first week of August in 2021. This year, the number has shot up to 3,104 during the same period.

  • The evolution of BMTC buses from 1997 to 2022. (Image source: Siddharth/Twitter)

    In Bengaluru, BMTC marks 25 years on Independence Day; Twitter shows support

    As India celebrated 75 years of freedom, the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation observed 25 years of its inception and offered free rides to all commuters in the state capital of Karnataka on Monday. It has been 25 years since the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation was established and demand for the public transport seems to be rising steadily amid Bengaluru's daily battles with heavy traffic congestion. Messages of support emerged on Twitter.

Story Saved
Saved Articles
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now