Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014

Jumping signals to reach on time, woman rams auto-rickshaw, injures 12 students

The injured schoolchildren at GMCH-16, Chandigarh, on Saturday. (Source: Express photo by Kshitij Mohan) The injured schoolchildren at GMCH-16, Chandigarh, on Saturday. (Source: Express photo by Kshitij Mohan)
Express News Service | Chandigarh | Posted: June 1, 2014 3:55 am

Allegedly jumping red-lights to reach on time at her daughter’s examination centre, Narinder Kaur Nagi, a resident of Sector 38 rammed her car into an auto-rickshaw at the Sector 25 and 38 light points around 7.30 am on Saturday. The auto-rickshaw was ferrying 12 children from Dhanas to Government Schools in Sector 50 and 45.

Kaur has been booked by the police for rash driving and endangering life. She was arrested from the spot and was later bailed out. Police officers said that Kaur was at a high speed. Kaur is wife of a commander with the Border Security Force, currently posted in Jammu and Kashmir. Kaur along with her children is living in the Central Government Flats, Sector 38.

Police officers who reached the spot said, “The woman in her statement said that her daughter had an exam on Saturday. She was rushing as the entry in the examination hall closes at 7.45 am.” The auto-rickshaw driver, Bhua Singh, who also suffered leg injuries, told Newsline, “I was coming from Dhanas and was going towards Kisan Bhawan on Dakshin Marg. A car came from Sector 38 side and rammed my auto. The auto was dragged from the center of the intersection till the footpath towards Sector 25. Some of the children fell out of the auto.”

The injured were taken to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH) Sector 16 for first aid. Lakhwinder Kumar, principal of Sector 50 Government Smart School reached the hospital with three teachers for assistance of parents and students.

Of the 12 children, Usman of Class VIII, Mohit of Class IX and Manisha of Class X, all students of Sector 50 Smart School suffered serious injuries. While Usman and Mohit received injuries on their back, Manisha suffered head injury. Their condition was termed as stable by the doctors.

All residents of the Rehabilitation Society in Dhanas, the parents of the children said, “There is no school bus. After the Colony Number 5 was demolished, our children did not get transfers.” It was the last day to school for the students before summer vacation. Ram Prasad Singh, father of Manisha said, “Auto-rickshaw drivers who usually take our children to school did not come. So, Bhua was helping us.”

Gulafsha, Chand and Khushboo of Class X, students of Government Model Senior Seconday School, Sector 45 were injured and Priyanka, Khushboo, Preeti of Class VII, Dharampali, Ashika, Usman of Class VIII, Mohit of Class IX, Manisha of Class X and Vikas of Class VI all of Government Smart School, Sector 50 were injured.

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