The body of a four-year-old girl, who died on Saturday after being allegedly run over by a tempo, was exhumed by the Noida police and the district administration from the Yamuna banks on Wednesday. Police said it was only after burying her that her family realised that the man who brought her body home may have been the one who ran over her.
Police said the girl, Preeti, was on her way to school on Saturday morning when the tempo ran her over. At the time of the incident, her 9-year-old brother was with her. The police said after the accident, the tempo driver threatened the boy. “He brought the body home to her family. The tempo driver told them that he had found her body,” a senior police officer said.
The girl’s father, Puneet Mahato, drives a rickshaw and lives with his family in Sadarpur village in Noida.
The family rushed the girl to the hospital where doctors declared her dead on arrival. Even though doctors said she had died in an accident, the family didn’t realise until much later that the man who brought the body home was the one who had run her over. “It was after they buried the body that Mahato realised that she had been killed in an accident. Their son must have told him,” the officer said.
Police said Mahato approached the Sector-39 police station and filed an FIR against the unidentified driver.
After being alerted about the incident, police sought permission of the district administration to exhume the body to conduct an autopsy.
The body was exhumed on Wednesday morning.
City magistrate Kamta Prasad Singh oversaw the process in the presence of the girl’s family.
While there were allegations of police complicity in the quick burial of the body and in allowing the driver to escape, police denied it.
SSP (Noida) Preetinder Singh said, “There was reportedly an accident a few days ago in which a child was killed. At the time, the family had wanted to bury the child quickly. However, when relatives approached us saying they wanted an investigation in the case, we conveyed that an autopsy would be required. Therefore, the body was exhumed and an autopsy conducted. Further investigations are under way.”