Mob sets bus on fire after kid’s death


Staff member
Bathinda December 15:
A mob set afire the bus that had run over a 10-year-old boy, killing him on the spot, on the Barnala bypass here today. The bus belonged to New Deep Travels. Saurabh was killed in the accident while his younger brother Monu had a narrow escape.
According to sources, Saurabh, son of Shiv Raj Saxena of Chandsar Basti, was going home along with his seven-year-old younger brother Monu on a bicycle when the bus hit them near the Lion’s Club Community Centre. Saurabh got crushed under the bus while Monu was flung across the road. The bus was overtaking another vehicle when the accident took place.
Saurabh’s uncle, Sarvesh Saxena, who was following the children in a rickshaw, said he had taken the boys to the Nirankari Bhawan Satsang, situated on the Malout road, in the morning. He said the driver of the bus fled from the scene. SP (city) Narinder Kaushal, SDM K.P.S Mahi, DSP (city) Dilbag Singh, Civil Lines police station in-charge Sandeep Singh also reached the spot.
The SHO said that a case was being registered against the driver of the bus. Those who set the bus on fire were also being identified by the police. Baltej Singh, president of the Bathinda Mini Bus Operators Union, said: “Burning the bus was not a solution to the problem. In September also, a minor accident had taken place near the Polytechnic and the students had damaged the bus, but the administration did not do anything. Such incidents happen in Bihar but now they have started happening in Punjab also. Such public reactions will discourage drivers from performing duty with confidence.”
Saurabh was a student of Class III and his father is a scrap dealer. A couple of days ago, a person was killed and six were injured on the same road.