The seven-year-old girl who was allegedly hit by a van after being dropped on the wrong side of the road by a school bus in Gurgaon earlier this week, continues to be in a coma, said sources. Jiya, a Class III student of Ryan International School, had fallen on the ground from the impact of the incident and was seriously injured, said sources.
“She is currently in the intensive care unit and is under constant observation,” said a source.
The incident took place on May 9 when, according to Jiya’s parents, the school bus did not stop at the designated stop, where her mother was waiting for her, but stopped some distance away and dropped her there. They claimed the bus had flouted prescribed safety norms as there was no attendant present on the bus and the driver was “inexperienced”.
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Parents of other students also alleged negligence by the school and held protests at the principal’s office Friday.
However, the school administration said there was no negligence on their part. Principal Peeya Sharma said the school will bear all expenses of the child’s treatment. “We wish her a speedy recovery,” she said.
A senior school official claimed the bus dropped Jiya on the same side of the road where her mother was waiting. “There was a lot of rush at that spot, so the bus stopped a few metres away,” said the official. She claimed that a teacher was on board the bus to act as the ‘care taker’ of students, till all of them were dropped at their respective destinations.
“The teacher got down from the bus with the girl. But the girl let go of the teacher’s hand and started running towards her mother… when she was hit,” said the official.
On charges of the bus driver being inexperienced, the official said the school had been hiring buses from private contractors and the driver had been working with the school for over 15 years.
Sanjay Kumar, investigating officer of Sector 5 police station, said, “We are probing the case and we have booked the driver of the vehicle that hit the girl under sections 279 (rash driving), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life) and 338 (grievous hurt) of IPC. The parents have filed a complaint against the driver, not the school”.