Bihar: 9 Children Killed & Over 20 Injured By Speeding Bolero Allegedly Driven By Drunk BJP Leader

The Logical Indian Crew

February 26th, 2018

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After a speeding Mahindra Bolero lost control and rammed into a government school on the outskirts of Muzaffarpur, Bihar, at least nine children were killed and over 20 were injured.

The school is situated along the National Highway 77.

The accident took place on Saturday, 24 February, at around 1.30 pm when school got over and students were crossing the highway to reach Dharampur village on the other side.

The victims were children of either daily wage workers or marginal farmers. Students and parents have been demanding relocation of the school owing to its location near the highway.

“The incident took place at Ahiyapur-Jhapaha in Minapur police station area of the district where a Bolero ran over the children who were returning to their homes after the school was over,” Vivek Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Muzaffarpur, told PTI.

“All the injured, said to be around 20 in number, have been rushed to to the Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital for treatment. The condition of some of them was stated to be critical,” he said.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed grief over the incident and has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the kin of the deceased children, adding that an inquiry would be initiated into the accident.



Vehicle belonged to a BJP leader, police say

Hours after the tragedy, the police stated that the vehicle belonged to a Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) leader, Manoj Baitha.

The BJP has, however, distanced itself from Baitha, claiming there was no office bearer from the BJP with that name.

The Bolero was found deserted at the site of the incident on Muzaffarpur-Sitamarhi highway after the accident. It had a BJP plate, and the plate read: Manoj Baitha, Pradesh Mantri, Mahadalit Manch. Baitha is reportedly the general secretary of party’s Sitamarhi district unit.


Driver was drunk, even though Bihar is a dry state, RJD claims

Munna Yadav, the Rashtriya Janata Dal lawmaker from Minapur, Munna Yadav, who visited the accident site, alleged that the driver of the vehicle was “definitely inebriated.” (It should be noted that Bihar is a dry state, and thus prohibits the sale and consumption of alcohol.)

“There has been no control on consumption of alcohol despite the state government’s claims of prohibition,” he said.

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