School bus mows down two sisters in Delhi

September 9th, 2008 - 9:34 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 9 (IANS) A school bus Tuesday ran over two sisters, who were returning home from school in northeast Delhi, leading to protests in the area, including torching of the bus.A private-chartered bus belonging to Arvachin Public School was returning around 12.30 p.m. to the school from Jafarabad area when it mowed down two sisters Jainab, 9, and Jeenat, 7, both of whom were standing on the roadside in Seelampur area.

The girls were returning home from their nearby Zakir Hussain Senior Secondary School.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Jaspal Singh told IANS that the bus was moving at a slow speed when the accident took place.

The elder sister died on the spot, while the younger succumbed to severe head injuries at the Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital.

The driver of the bus, Satender, told the police that he could not see the girls standing and unintentionally ran over them. He was arrested and a case of rash and negligent driving was registered against him.

As the news of incident spread in the area, people gathered in large number and broke the windowpanes of the bus. They set the bus on fire.

The police and two fire-fighting tenders reached the spot and doused the flames.

Zahid Ali, father of the dead girls, was at his tailoring shop when he was informed about the accident.

“I was working when some one came rushing to me and informed about the accident. I found my daughters in a pool of blood and surrounded by people,” Ali said.

“Jainab had died before I reached the spot but Jeenat was alive at that time. I took her to hospital where she also died after some time,” he added.

The sisters were the second and third among four children of her parents.

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