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Rs 5 Costs 12-yr-old’s Life in Chennai

Boy knocked down by MTC bus while running after coin that slipped out of his hand

Published: 06th December 2014 06:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th December 2014 07:44 AM   |  A+A-

Nedunchezhian

CHENNAI: A 12-year-old school student was killed in a road mishap near Vengal in neighbouring Tiruvallur district on Friday, when he reportedly went after a `5 coin, which had slipped out of his hand.

Police sources said Athi alias Nedunchezhian (12) and his sister Menaka (13) were walking down Avadi Road around 9.30 am when the accident occurred.

Athi was playing with the coin when it slipped out of his hand and rolled on to the road. As he was running behind the coin, an MTC bus plying between Periyapalayam and Avadi knocked him down. The driver stopped the bus and the passengers came to the rescue of Athi, who sustained severe head injury. He was taken  to the Government Tiruvallur Hospital, where doctors declared him dead on arrival. Menaka, who tried to save Athi, also sustained minor injuries.

As the news of the accident spread, irate villagers from the vicinity seized the bus, before the police could arrive. A section of the mob hurled stones, damaging the rear windshield of the bus completely, while some of them entered it and set it ablaze. Personnel from the Vengel police station rushed to the scene and held talks with the people and doused the flames, thereby preventing it from spreading to the entire bus. Meanwhile, another section of the public staged a road-roko, demanding a speedbreaker on the Avadi - Periyapalayam road. Stating that the stretch was accident-prone, the protesters said children from the villages in the neighbourhood walk to school on that road and are vulnerable to  speeding vehicles.

Vengal police registered a case and arrested the driver who reportedly  fled. A case of rash and negligent driving was registered against him.

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