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‘Everybody liked him, he was always smiling’

Aditya was crushed to death by a school bus in Shahbad Dairy area Thursday morning.

The grief-stricken family of Aditya still cannot believe that the three-year-old, who had ventured out to get shampoo from his grandmother’s kiosk, will never come back.

Aditya was crushed to death by a school bus in Shahbad Dairy area Thursday morning.

“His injuries were grievous…. His mother fell unconscious when she saw his body,” said Naresh, Aditya’s father, as he fought back tears. Aditya was the couple’s only child.

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His family lives in a single-storey house in the locality. Barely a few steps from the house, Aditya’s grandmother runs a small shop, which sells sweets, toffees and other items. The child was on his way to the shop when he was hit by the bus.

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“He wanted to put shampoo in his hair so I had sent him to get some from the shop. He was so happy when I allowed him to go out alone… he never came back,” said Naresh.

Aditya’s uncle Rajesh said that the child was popular among his neighbours as “he was always smiling”. “We never allowed him to roam about alone as he was so young. Today was the first time he was allowed to venture out alone, and this is what happened”.