A private bus ferrying techies to an IT company in Siruseri ran over a seven-year- old girl, injuring her on the Karanai Road junction in Kancheepuram, prompting angry residents to attack the vehicle on Monday. The girl was admitted to a private hospital, where her condition was said to be stable. The driver was arrested and remanded in judicial custody.
Police said Dhakshayini (7), who was walking along the Karanai Road junction with her mother Rani to school was caught in the left-side rear wheels of the bus driven by Kalaiyarasan (23) of Thirisulam, around 7.30 am. The bus was ferrying employees of TCS from Medavakkam to its Siruseri office on Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR). The kid was in Class II in a private matriculation school in that area.
The girl managed to give a slip to her mother and tried to cross the road when the mishap occurred.
As Rani raised an alarm after her daughter was stuck under the wheels of the bus, passers-by alerted the bus driver who brought the bus to a halt. Kalaiyarasan abandoned the bus and ran away from the spot as an irate group gathered around the vehicle claiming that the driver was at fault. Some students who were present at the scene pelted stones on the bus resulting in damages to the windshields.
Meanwhile, Thalambur Panchayat President Devasitham who was living in the vicinity rushed to the spot and pacified the protestors.
Police were also alerted about the incident and they too rushed to the spot. Kalaiyarasan surrendered at the Police station. A case was registered for negligent and rash driving against the driver who was subsequently remanded in custody.