A three-old-boy was mowed when a man, a principal of a private school, was reversing his car in Northeast Delhi’s Nand Nagri area on Thursday morning. Police said Jay Prakash, principal of St Mary’s School in Block E, Nand Nagri, was arrested on charges of negligent and rash driving the same day.
“The boy, Varun, came under the wheels of Prakash’s car when he was reversing the vehicle. The child died on the spot. Prakash was arrested under sections 279 (rash driving) and 304 (a) (death caused due to negligence) of the IPC,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northeast) R A Sanjeev said.
According to police, the accused had parked his Maruti Esteem in front of the school. Varun and a few other children were playing outside Varun’s house around 10 am. Prakash did not see the boy while reversing the car and Varun came under the left rear wheel of the vehicle, police said.
Residents gathered immediately and rushed Varun to Guru Tegh Bahadur hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. The principal was arrested and his car (registered as DL2CA H1025) was impounded
“Varun, my son, is gone. My wife gave birth to our second son only a month ago. Now I have lost Varun,” the boy’s father Umesh said.
The school, which has classes from pre-nursery to class VIII, remained closed on Friday. Residents said mid-term exams had just ended and students had to go to school on Thursday only to get their mark sheets.
School, therefore, ended early that day and Prakash was leaving when the incident occurred.