Class 5 stu­dent killed by ‘speed­ing’ school van in Janakpuri

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NEWDELHI: An 11-year-old stu­dent of a gov­ern­ment school was killed by a speed­ing van fer­ry­ing chil­dren in west Delhi’s Janakpuri on Fri­day morn­ing.

Po­lice said the boy was run over in front of his two sis­ters – aged 9 and 6 years — who also suf­fered mi­nor in­juries after be­ing hit by the van.

The driver of the van man­aged to flee, even as some passersby and se­cu­rity guards of a gov­ern­ment girls school tried to give chase.

A case was reg­is­tered and the driver, iden­ti­fied as An­mol Dubey, was nabbed on Satur­day. The po­lice tracked down the van with the help of the ve­hi­cle’s reg­is­tra­tion num­ber, which the lo­cals had man­aged to note down.

The 11-year-old – Saroj Ku­mar Thakur – was a Class 5 stu­dent of a gov­ern­ment school in Janakpuri B2-block. The ac­ci­dent took place around 7.45am out­side the girls school in A-block, Janakpuri.

Saroj’s fam­ily mem­bers said that the boy was ad­mit­ted to Mata Chanan Devi hospi­tal, where he suc­cumbed on Satur­day morn­ing.

The fam­ily mem­bers also al­leged that the Maruti Eeco school van driver was driv­ing in a zig-zag man­ner and hit the chil- dren from be­hind.

Saroj’s fa­ther, Ga­gan Thakur, said that the ac­ci­dent took place when he and his wife had helped their chil­dren cross the road and the chil­dren were walk­ing to­wards the school.

“My son died dur­ing treat­ment while my daugh­ters es­caped with only bruises,” said Thakur.

The boy’s fam­ily mem­bers said that some lo­cals who wit­nessed the ac­ci­dent told them that the school van driver stopped for a few sec­onds after the mishap but in­stead of rush­ing the chil­dren to hospi­tal, the driver re­versed the ve­hi­cle and again ran over Saroj’s body in a bid to flee.

A po­lice of­fi­cer, associated with the case said, “We had the van’s reg­is­tra­tion num­ber. The own­er­ship of the van was as­cer­tained and the man, who was driv­ing it at the time of the ac­ci­dent, ar­rested.”


Saroj Ku­mar Thakur, who was run over by the van.

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