A Class V student was allegedly pushed out of a running bus by the conductor when the victim was on his way to school. The boy fell on the road near 4 Number bridge of Park Circus when a speeding autorickshaw hit him.
Mohammed Soheb, a student of a local school, received severe injuries on several parts of his body. Local people rushed him to Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital (CNMCH) where he was undergoing treatment. The boy’s condition is stated to be serious.
Witnesses said that Soheb was travelling in a bus plying through KB 1 route. When the bus reached the Park Circus area, the conductor of the bus allegedly pushed him while Soheb was de-boarding the bus at around 7.30 am. As the boy fell on the road an auto-rickshaw that was coming in the same direction behind the bus lost its control and hit the boy.
As local people rushed to the spot to rescue the boy both the vehicles fled from the spot immediately after the incident. The incident had triggered tension in the area, with local people protesting against the rash driving of the vehicle.
It may be mentioned that over-speeding of vehicles has become a serious menace within the city. In the last thirty days, there have been three incidents in which pool cars met with accidents within the city limits. In one instance, an accident took place near Parama flyover, where the driver of the vehicle was killed after the car collided with a pillar.
In most of the cases, it has been observed that people drive their vehicles several units above the speed limit, which result in fatal accidents. The buses often compete with each other in order to board more passengers, which is another cause for accidents. To stop such incidents, the state Transport department is planning to make the speed governor devices compulsory in pool cars and buses that carry school children.
Police have started an investigation into the incident and are conducting raids to nab the bus conductor as well as drivers of the vehicles.