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Call centre vehicle hits schoolvan, kills 1

A 12-year-old boy was killed while his younger brother and two other kids injured, reports Abhishek Bhalla.

india Updated: Nov 28, 2006 02:54 IST

A 12-year-old boy was killed while his younger brother and two other children were critically injured when their schoolvan was hit by a speeding vehicle belonging to a Gurgaon call centre on Monday morning.

Sunny died in the hospital. His brother, Sachin, 11, is on a ventilator. Two other children and the van's driver, Naveen, are also in a critical condition. The accident occurred at Keshavpuram in northwest Delhi.

The children were students of Kendriya Vidyalaya.

The call-centre vehicle, a Sumo, hit the schoolvan with tremendous force. "The Sumo's momentum dragged the van along with it for nearly 100 metres after the collision, before they both stopped. The van had overturned. The children inside the van had blood spattered all over their uniforms and were crying for help," said an eyewitness.

The driver of the call-centre vehicle, Rohit Kumar, has been arrested and charged with causing death and injury due to rash and negligent driving. He
was reportedly going at over 100 kms per hour.

Northwest district police chief Manish Aggarwal said, "The driver was speeding. He had jumped a traffic signal and reportedly lost control of his vehicle."

In Gurgaon, where many call centres are located, the police agreed the drivers needed to be disciplined. They flouted traffic rules often and caused accidents, the police said.

Gurgaon's senior superintendent of police Hanif Quereshi told the Hindustan Times, "We have been flooded with complaints of rash and negligent driving by call-centre taxis."

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First Published: Nov 28, 2006 02:52 IST