Several school children were injured when a minibus carrying them overturned after hitting a lamp post near the Kashmere Gate ISBT on Tuesday morning, police said.
Of the 27 children travelling in the bus, 21 sustained minor injuries and were immediately rushed to the Sushruta Trauma Centre and Aruna Asaf Ali Government Hospital.
None of the students were seriously injured and all of them were discharged later.
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“A speeding minibus, ferrying students of Rukmini Devi and Victoria Girls schools, was rushing from Shahdara towards Tis Hazari in the morning. The bus overturned after the driver lost control of the vehicle and hit the divider, as well as the lamp post,” a police officer said.
The driver of the bus, Anjan Dutta, has been arrested for reckless driving. The bus was overcrowded and it was operating beyond capacity, police said.
“The driver initially claimed that the vehicle’s brakes had failed and he had to hit a pole to stop the bus. However, our initial investigation has revealed that it was a case of overspeeding and reckless driving,” the officer said.
A case has been registered at the Kashmere Gate police station against the driver under sections 337(causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way) of the Indian Penal Code.
No conveyance by school, parents arrange transport
Rukmini Devi School does not provide any conveyance and parents have to arrange transportation to ferry their children to school, said principal S K Saxena.
The school follows basic protocols and submits details of the drivers to the police station, he said. However, Saxena added that the minibuses plying in the area are often overcrowded and sometimes carry double of their usual capacity.