Four school­child­ren hurt as bus over­turns in San­grur

NEG­LI­GENCE Vil­lagers block Pa­tiala­bathinda na­tional high­way; driver, school owner booked

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - PUNJAB - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

SAN­GRUR : At least four chil­dren were in­jured when a school bus over­turned at Mun­shi­wala vil­lage in Bhawani­garh sub­di­vi­sion of the district on Mon­day.

The in­ci­dent took place when a bus of Steel­mans Pub­lic School, Channo, was fer­ry­ing stu­dents to the school. The bus hit rammed into a road­side tree and over­turned.

Peo­ple work­ing in the fields rushed to res­cue the chil­dren, all be­tween 4 and 10 years. The in­jured were dis­charged from a hos­pi­tal af­ter treat­ment.

Af­ter the in­ci­dent, area res­i­dents blocked traf­fic on the Pa­tiala-bathinda Na­tional High­way for two hours and raised slo­gans against school au­thor­i­ties, ac­cus­ing them of ig­nor­ing stu­dents’ safety.

“A few months ago, a stu­dent of the same school was killed in an ac­ci­dent. Though the school is charg­ing hefty fee, it is not con­cerned about safety of our chil­dren,” said one of the par­ents.

School prin­ci­pal An­jali Gour said the ac­ci­dent took place due dam­age of a wheel bear­ing. “We have made elab­o­rate trans­port ar­range­ments for school kids. To­day’s in­ci­dent took place due to tech­ni­cal snag,” she said.

Po­lice have booked 30 peo­ple for block­ing the high­way. “Po­lice have reg­is­tered a case un­der Sec­tion 431 (mis­chief by in­jury to pub­lic road, bridge) of the IPC and Sec­tion 8B of the Na­tional High­ways Act and other rel­e­vant sec­tions against 30 peo­ple,” said Bhawani­garh sta­tion house of­fi­cer Cha­ran­jiv Lamba.

As­sis­tant sub-in­spec­tor Ra­jwant Ku­mar said po­lice have booked bus driver Nirb­hay Singh, school trans­port in-charge Satin­der Pal Singh and owner of the school Jas­bir Singh Dhindsa un­der Sec­tions 279 (rash driv­ing or rid­ing on a pub­lic way), 337 (caus­ing hurt by act en­dan­ger­ing life or per­sonal safety of oth­ers) and 34 (acts done by sev­eral per­sons in fur­ther­ance of com­mon in­ten­tion) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code at Bhawani­garh po­lice sta­tion.

HT PHOTO

The school bus that over­turned at Mun­shi­wala vil­lage in Bhawani­garh sub­di­vi­sion of the district on Mon­day.

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