A 15-year-old student was killed in a hit-and-run case in Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, on Friday morning.
Police said the Class IX student, identified as Mukul, was killed following serious head injuries after a car hit him. The car driver fled the spot after the accident, the police added.
The boy, along with his friends, was playing cricket inside a park close to the main road. The police said the boy went out of the park to the main road trying to catch the ball, when he was allegedly hit by a car and fell down and suffered serious head injuries.
The deceased was taken to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research for treatment, where the doctors declared him brought dead.
However, eyewitness narrate a different version. One of Mukul’s friends, who was playing with him, alleged he was hit by a crane coming from the opposite direction after the car driver fled the spot. “We were playing inside the park and Mukul went outside to get the ball. On the main road, he was first hit by a car, got injured and fell on the ground. Thereafter, a crane passing through the stretch hit him and he died,” a friend told The Chandigarh Newsline.
Family members of Mukul blamed the police for not acting against the crane driver. A family member said: “We went to the police station, but the officer refused to record the statement of the children who were playing with Mukul. They (children) clearly said Mukul died after the crane hit him.”
Mukul’s father, Ashok Kumar, a labourer, demanded justice. “I have lost my son. I want the police to punish those who killed my son. The children who were present at the spot told me that the crane driver killed my son.”
The police, however, said it was the crane driver who informed them about the accident. “A car driver hit the deceased and fled the spot. The crane driver was also passing from the area and he called up the police informing about the incident,” Chiranji Lal, Station House Officer of the Sector 26 police station said.
The police have registered a case against an unknown car driver and have initiated investigation. “We have registered a case against an unknown driver under section 279,337,and 304 A of Indian penal code. The crane has also been taken into custody. We will investigate if there was any role of the crane driver in the accident,” said Lal.
The family members of Mukul said he was waiting for the results of his final examination, which will be announced on Saturday. “He was waiting for his results. He loved cricket. I would always think that someday he will achieve something in his life. Everything is finished now,” said father Ashok.