Ghaziabad student’s death: Parents meet officials, allege laxity on part of school authorities
Saumya was getting down from her school bus of Silver Shine School on Saturday afternoon but fell down and her head got crushed under the front tyres as the bus driver was reversing the busnoida Updated: Sep 12, 2017 11:23 IST
The parents of five-year-old Saumya, who was crushed under the wheels of her own school bus on Saturday afternoon, met district administration officials and alleged laxity on part of the school authorities in dealing with their earlier complaints about the rash driving by bus driver.
Saumya was getting down from her school bus of Silver Shine School on Saturday afternoon but fell down and her head got crushed under the front tyres as the bus driver was reversing the bus. Agitated locals from Mehrauli later vandalised the bus and got driver Rajveer and bus staff Manju arrested by police upon an FIR lodged in connection with case.
“Ever since the incident, no official from the school ever arrived to meet us or even called us up to inquire what we are going through after losing our only child. We had made complaints to the school about driver’s behaviour that he used to remain in hurry. However, the school paid no heed to our complaints,” Saumya’s father Deepak Kashyap told Rajesh Kumar Yadav, additional district magistrate (finance & revenue).
“My daughter was even kept in confinement for nearly four hours after we complained to school about bus driver’s behaviour. The school authorities never acted on our complaint and they should also be made accused in the case,” said Pooja, Saumya’s mother.
The issue of complaint about the driver was also mentioned in their FIR lodged at Kavi Nagar police station after the incident. However, the police arrested Rajveer and Manju and are still probing the role of school authorities.
“We have spoken to police officers to investigate properly about the allegations made by Saumya’s parents. We had called the school officials for a meeting on Monday evening and have told them to sympathise and meet the victim family at the earliest. The meeting will be held along with police officers. We have also apprised the district magistrate about the entire incident with Saumya,” Yadav added.
“We will also be referring her case for adequate compensation that can be allowed through the chief minister’s discretionary fund. The basic education officer has been directed to write to the state authorities for the same, along with documents of the case,” he said.
On their part, the school authorities were also called for a meeting by district administration on Monday evening. However, the school officials deny any complaints by Saumya’s parents.
“Since they have lost their only child, they may make such allegations about their lodging previous complaints against the driver. However, no such complaint was received. In fact, we are with students and not with the bus driver or the bus staff after the incident. They both have been ousted from their jobs. I went to Mehrauli on Sunday but there was a large gathering and I came back fearing some untoward incident by angry locals,” said Vikas Vashishtha, secretary, school management committee.
“I have also spoken to girl’s uncle and told him that the school officials will meet them soon and stand by their side,” he added.