A 43-year-old woman died after she came under the wheels of a bus while she was crossing the road to get to a public toilet. According to police, the incident occurred in Northwest Delhi’s Model Town area around 5 am.
The woman, identified as Maya Devi, was going to the toilet across the road from her jhuggi. “An eyewitness said a truck rammed into a stationary bus near the area. The bus started moving backwards. Devi was right behind the bus and was run over,” an officer said.
Police said they are yet to arrest the truck driver. However, a case has been registered in Model Town police station under sections 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way ) and 340A (causing death by negligence) under the IPC.
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The eyewitness, Amarjeet —who is also Devi’s relative — said two labourers who were in the truck apart from the driver also fled the scene.
Amarjeet added that the whole incident could have been avoided if there was a toilet in the jhuggi. “There is a dire need of toilets in our jhuggi cluster which houses 10,000 people. There was one toilet before, but it was demolished. Everyday we have to go to the temporary toilet on the other side of the road, which is risky,” he said.