NMMT bus runs over 4-year-old boy at Panvel
NAVI MUMBAI: A four-year-old boy from Panvel was killed in an accident on Thursday after the two-wheeler he was riding pillion along with his mother was hit by a Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT) bus.
According to the police, the boy, Rehan Mujabar, had accompanied his mother, Rehana, to the market. Rehana was riding the two-wheeler.
“Around 7pm, as they were returning home on the twowheeler, an NMMT bus heading to Sai Nagar from Panvel station, hit them from the rear end. The two-wheeler was knocked down and the boy came under the wheels of the bus. The boy, who suffered severe injuries in the incident, was rushed to a private hospital by local residents. However, the doctors declared him dead around 11.30pm,” said sub-inspector Sudhir Tengale of the Panvel city police station.
“The bus driver, Sharad Nanamane, 32, a Borivli resident, has been arrested,” he said.
Rehana escaped unhurt, said Tengale, adding, “Rehan’s parents are in shock and mentally not ready to accept what has happened. We have handed over the boy’s body to his family after a post-mortem was conducted at Panvel rural hospital. The postmortem reports are awaited.”
The police have booked the driver under Indian Penal Code sections 304a, 279, 337 and 338 of and section 184a of the Motor Vehicle Act. He was produced before the judicial court on Friday. “This is not a case of drink driving. We think the driver somehow lost control and ended up hitting the two-wheeler moving in the same direction,” said another police officer.
“This is really sad that at a time when the traffic department is celebrating road safety week by organising different programmes, a four-year-old boy paid with his life in a road accident,” said Ritesh Shinde, 35, a Panvel resident.
“Apart from creating awareness among the people, the police and civic authorities should also think about the other causes of accidents such as narrow roads, footpaths occupied by vendors, illegal parking, lack of flyovers and foot overbridges, among others,” said Shinde.