PanchkulaA Class-8 student was killed in a freak accident of his school bus on Tuesday afternoon at Shahpur under Maranwala police post of Pinjore, even as the parents have alleged foul play. The victim, Nitish Verma (11), of Vivek International Public School, Baddi (Himachal Pradesh), reportedly banged his head into a cemented power pole as the bus took a turn, the school management has said. There was no teacher in the bus at the time of accident.Nitish was sitting at the end of conductor side of the schoolbus that was to drop a student at Shahpur took a link road. With the narrow road clogged by a tractor trolley and an Activa, the bus driver had to negotiate the stretch carefully through the tight corner. The conductor has alighted from the bus to help the driver “Nitish was looking out of the bus through a rear window on the side of the conductor as a dog-fight had caught his fancy. As the bus moved on that tight corner, the back of his head banged against the electricity pole. He started bleeding and the bus took him to nearby ESI hospital,” said Jasbir Sharma, the school coordinator. “There were a number of students in the bus at that time. The ESI hospital tried to revive him for 30 minutes and he gained consciousness. In the meantime, his parents reached. He was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. He succumbed to his injuries on the way,” said Sharma. He added that the boy was taken to the PGI in his parents’ car and the chairman of the school accompanied them. The police, however, are not buying the school management’s theory and have booked the driver of the bus, Pawan Kumar, for rash driving and causing death by negligence. “The driver Pawan Kumar is absconding. Prima Facie, it seems that as the bus driver took a sharp turn, the boy’s head banged with a rod inside the bus,” said ASI Babu Ram, in-charge, Maranwala police post. According to the post-mortem, the cause of death of Nitish, who father Rajesh Verma is trader at Maranwala, is head injury. On Verma’s accusation that there could be foul play as his son used to complain against driver and conductor of harassment, there has been a flat denial from the school. “The driver Pawan Kumar is one of our oldest drivers and the conductor has been recently changed. There were so many students in the bus at the time of incident. Why would they lie?” said Sharma.