Court queries school girl’s death in Tamil Nadu (Lead)July 26th, 2012 - 6:35 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, July 26 (IANS) The Madras High Court Thursday sought an explanation from the state transport department on how a bus, from which a minor girl slipped and was run over, was given a fitness certificate. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has ordered stern action against those responsible for operating the defective bus.
The police have registered a case and arrested a senior school official Vijayan, bus owner Yogeswaran, driver Seeman and cleaner Shanmugham, holding them responsible for the death of seven-year-old S.Shruti. The police are finding out how the vehicle got the fitness certificate.
In a statement here Jayalalithaa said: “I have ordered the police and school education authorities to take severe action against those who are responsible for operating a defective vehicle as school bus on a lease.”
Jayalalithaa expressed her deep grief at the girl’s death and announced a solatium of Rs.100,000 to her family.
S.Shruti, who was returning home from her school in Tambaram city suburbs, was seated on the sixth row behind the driver in the school bus.
When she got up to get down, she slipped down to the road through a massive hole under her seat and was crushed to death by the same bus.
The cardboard which was used to cover the hole under her seat gave in under her weight as she stood up, and resulted in her death.
Unaware of the incident, driver Seeman continued to drive while the passersby along the road were horrified to witness the girl being crushed to death.
The driver was thrashed by the people as he refused to believe that such an accident had occurred. The mob set the bus on fire.
The authorities of Zion Matriculation School denied any responsibility and blamed the bus contractor for the vehicle’s condition.
The vehicle was given a fitness certificate by the transport department only recently.
Mourning the death of Shruti, local people wearing black badges took out a procession Thursday from the accident spot to her house and paid their homage by placing wreaths there.
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