A three-and-a-half-year old boy was run over by his school cab in front of his parents right after he was dropped outside his house in north Delhi’s Civil Lines area Tuesday.
Police said the boy, Aviral, was dropped off by the cab outside his house in Railway Colony. The cab took a U-turn and was heading back when it hit the child, a neighbour told The Indian Express.
Sunil Kumar, a resident of the locality, said, “I heard a loud scream from the road. I ran out of the house and saw Aviral lying under the wheels of the cab. He was motionless. His father, who standing on the balcony, rushed down. The cab driver and his father picked him up and rushed him to Parmanand Hospital. The boy was dragged for several metres before the cab came to a halt.”
The boy’s father, Hitendra Singh Rana, said, “I was standing in the balcony on the first floor while his mother was waiting for him downstairs. We lost our son in front of our eyes.” He added that they had hired the cab on the school’s recommendation just a month ago.
Aviral studied in a playschool in Tis Hazari.
Neighbours said some people beat up the driver him even as he apologised repeatedly.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (north) Madhur Verma said a case under section 279/304A of the IPC has been registered at Civil Lines police station. “The driver has been identified as Rahul. There is no record of him being involved in such incidents prior to this,” said Verma.
He added that the school had hired the cab service not the driver.
Neighbours, meanwhile, claimed the cab driver always drove fast despite them telling him many time to go slow.
“It is a very shocking incident. Aviral was a sweet child. He often played in front of my house. This is a residential lane where many families live. A lot of children play on the road as well. The cab driver never listened to us when we asked him to drive carefully.
Ultimately, it led to the accident,” said Savita, who lives in the neighbourhood.