ANDHRA PRADESH

9 year old school girl fatally hit by van



Staff Reporter

Mob damages windscreen of van, bashes up driver

Madhuri was accompanied by her sisters and auntDies on the spot after sustaining head injuriesVan was carrying a load of broken glass pieces

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, police said. The girl who sustained grievous head injuries died on the spot.

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 around 7.35 a.m. along with 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, adding the accident occurred minutes before the girl could reach her school.

The van was loaded with broken glass pieces and other scarp material.

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 incident 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.