HYDERABAD: An 18-month-old baby girl, who was left unattended for a brief period by her mother, was run over by her brother‘s at on the outskirts of the city on Monday morning. After the accident, police arrested bus driver Sattaiah.

The victim, B Prateeka, was the daughter of Armed Reserve (AR) constable B Venkatesh and Chandana, a housewife, from Sri Sri Colony in Bongulur. Prateeka‘s elder brother Prajwal is a nursery student of Sahiti Vidyalaya school in Bongulur, Adibhatla sub-inspector (SI) M Mohan Reddy said.

Around 8.20 am, Chandana, Prajwal and Prateeka were waiting near their house for the school bus. “After the bus arrived, Chandana helped Prajwal get into the bus as the aaya (helper) was on leave. As Chandana was busy handing over Prajwal his school bag, she did not notice Prateeka walking in front of the bus,” the SI said.

“The bus driver did not notice the too and started the vehicle. The girl was crushed under the left front and rear tyres. She died on the spot,” the SI added.

After the mishap, the driver abandoned the vehicle and fled from the spot. Angry villagers staged a protest demanding his immediate arrest.

Cops book driver for negligence

Later, Adibhatla police arrested the driver. Police said Sattaiah has a valid licence and was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

Police booked Sattaiah under Section 304-A (causing death due to rash or negligent act) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). When TOI spoke to Ramesh B, Malik’s father who died last year as a school bus ran over him when he came to the bus stop to see off his brother, he pointed out the lax attitude of the school officials.

“Last year in the month of August, I lost my younger son in the same fashion when he was crushed under the tyres of Bharati Vidyalaya School bus when we went to drop my elder one near the bus. Since then nothing has changed and officials too are least bothered to make sure that schools follow all norms. It’s time, they make sure that there is a helper in each and every school bus so that innocent children don’t lose their life,” said Ramesh.
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