A seven-year-old boy and his five-year-old sister heading to school died after they were mowed down by a DTC cluster bus in south Delhi’s Saket area Wednesday, said police. The children’s grandfather who was taking them to school was also struck by the bus and was injured, police added.
The incident took place around 7.30 am when Bhagwan Paswan (50) was going to drop his grandchildren Sailesh and Rishika to their MCD school in Saket’s G-Block.
They were crossing the road when the bus hit them near Saket Metro station, said a police officer. The bus was going towards Badarpur from Mohammad Pur. The bus driver abandoned the vehicle and fled after the accident, added the officer.
People gathered at the spot and rushed the injured man and children to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared Sailesh and Rishika dead.
Their grandfather was referred to AIIMS, said police.
A case under sections of negligence causing death and rash driving has been registered at Saket police station, said the officer.
Paswan said, “I signalled the driver to slow down, but he kept driving rashly. He dragged all of us and the children were left lying in a pool of blood. While we were being taken to the hospital, both the children were conscious, but they did not survive.”
He added that his grandchildren were talking about their classes minutes before the bus struck them.
The children’s father, Jitendra, a labourer, said he was about to leave for work when he got a call on his phone about the accident. “Both my children were very attached to their grandfather, who dropped them at school every day,” Jitendra.
The children’s mother, who works as a domestic help, was in shock. The family lives at Block B in Saket. At the time of going to press, the bus driver had not been arrested.