21-month-old run over by school bus in Hyderabad




It was a routine day for Lavanya, a housewife, as she came out of her house to see off her four-year-old son, who boarded the school bus.

But, little did she realise that her 21-month-old daughter M. Aadya was following her and caught the front wheel of the bus. She came under the wheels and died. It was all over in a split second even before Lavanya realised what had happened. Tragedy struck the farmer’s family in front of the house in the morning.

Police said the incident took place around 7.40 a.m. in Gopigadda village, 6 km from Shabad, when the victim’s brother, Satwik, a UKG student at Montessori High School in Shabad, boarded the bus.

M. Ravi Kumar, SHO, Shabad, said that Lavanya was handing over school bag and lunch box to her son and did not notice Aadya — who started walking very recently — standing close to the front wheel of the mini-bus.

“Soon after Lavanya said bye to Satwik, the bus driver, Jangaiah, moved the bus forward and ran over the little girl,” he said, adding that the driver did not notice Aadya and she died on the spot. A case was registered against the driver, Jangaiah, and the school management.

Mr. Kumar said there was no bus attendant, a violation of the Motor Vehicle Act.

Asked what action will be initiated against the school management, Ranga Reddy Deputy Transport Commissioner M Praveen Rao said that they were waiting for a report from police. “If there was no attendant in the bus, the management has violated the permit condition,” he said, adding that after verifying the police report, they will suspend the school bus permit.

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