An 11-year-old boy was killed when he was mowed down by a bus in Southeast Delhi’s Khanpur area on Friday morning. Angry residents set one bus on fire and damaged 12 others, police said.
According to police, a public bus mowed 11-year-old Aman Kumar, who was on way to school for his examination. The incident was reported around 7 am from the Ambedkar Nagar-Sangam Vihar crossing. Police said the boy was crossing the road near a bus stand when the vehicle crushed him.
Sourav, a student of Class IX who was at the spot, said, “The bus was coming from R K Puram Sector 1 and going towards Badarpur. At the T-point, it had to turn left. While taking the turn, it did not slow down. That is when the child, who was crossing the road, came under its wheels. His head was completely smashed.”
Police rushed Aman to AIIMS, where he was declared brought dead. Police registered a case of negligence against the driver. Police said a mob caught the driver and beat him up before police rescued him and took him into custody. Police also registered another case of rioting and detained 10 persons.
Police said angry locals blocked the roads branching from the T-point for several hours after the incident. Buses which were caught in the traffic jam that ensued were attacked. The mob set a DTC bus on fire and broke the window panes and damaged the interiors of more than 12 other buses.
A senior police officer said, “Following the incident, a large team of police personal was deployed to maintain law and order. They took around an hour to disperse the crowd and several persons from the mob were detained. The fire services were called to extinguish the blaze. The bus driven by the accused driver was impounded.”
Later in the day, Transport Minister Gopal Rai promised the family compensation of Rs 5 lakh. “This is a tragedy and we share the pain of the family. We will give the family Rs 5 lakh in compensation,” he said.
Aman lived in a JJ colony in Khanpur. He was going to the Kendriya Vidyalaya in Madangir. He was a student of Class V and was on his way to school for his final examination when the incident occurred. His father works at a shop in a store in Nehru Place.