A TEACHER was arrested on Monday for hitting a Class IV student from her school with her car, which was travelling on the wrong side of the Diamond Harbour road in Watgunge area. Jayashree Dasgupta was arrested under sections 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the IPC after the family of the boy, Arsalan Ahmed Khan, lodged a police complaint. Sources said Dasgupta is the wife of retired DC Traffic (III) Swapan Dasgupta.
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The incident took place around 7.50 am when the boy was trying to cross the road near his school, St Thomas School in Khidderpore. Arsalan lost four of his front teeth and received injuries on his face and body. His aunt, who was accompanying him, also received injuries.
“The woman was driving in the wrong lane. We later heard that she is wife of a retired police officer. How can she use a police sticker when she was driving the car? Her husband has also retired from the police force,” said Arman Jamil Khan, a neighbour.
Sources said locals staged a protest in front of the school, following which, the police arrested the accused. School principal John A K Ghosh said: “When I went to the accident spot, I saw this boy bleeding while our teacher was weeping in the car… she was shocked. I felt it was important for the child to get first aid. Hence, I requested the protesters to take the child to the hospital and to disperse the mob, took the teacher inside. It was an unfortunate accident.”