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Nine-year-old schoolgirl fatally hit by van

SHOCKED: Relatives of Madhuri weeping after coming to know about the accident. - Photo: Mohd. Yousuf  

Staff Reporter

Mob damages windscreen of van, bashes up driver

HYDERABAD: Barely three days after schools introduced staggered timings, a fourth standard student was crushed under the wheels of a DCM van near her school at Kabirnagar in Borabanda on Thursday morning.

Nine-year-old K. Madhuri of Avanthinagar in Borabanda was on her way to school along with her two sisters and aunt when the van hit the girl while approaching from the opposite direction, the police said. The girl who suffered grievous head injuries died on the spot.

Tries to escape

The driver Raju, who tried to escape from the scene, was caught by passers-by after chasing him for a distance of 200 metres. The enraged mob damaged the windscreen of the van and bashed up Raju, a resident of Borabanda, before handing him over to the Sanathnagar police.

According to police, the victim Madhuri and her two sisters -- Ramya (12) and Bharathi (5) -- left the house at 7.35 a.m. along with their aunt Ratnamma. When they reached a culvert, the van that was proceeding towards AGI Glass Pac factory at Borabanda suddenly took a turn. As a result, Madhuri came under the rear wheels and died on the spot.

Madhuri and her two sisters are students of Netaji Upper Primary School.

`Driver's mistake'

"It is clearly the driver's mistake. The girl was trying to cross the road when the driver came at high speed and hit her," an eyewitness Saleem Khan who was coming to the school to drop his child said. The girl's father Satyanarayana alias John Paul told The Hindu he had gone to his office at 6 a.m. and came to know about the accident by 8 a.m. "Initially, I thought it was a minor accident. When I rushed to the spot, I found my daughter dead with her school bag scattered on the road," said Satyanarayana, an electrician in Prasad's Film Laboratory.

Sanathnagar Sub-Inspector B. Srinivas Rao said a case of negligent driving under Section 304 (A) of IPC was registered against the driver who was taken into custody.