Four children burnt alive after school van catches fire in Punjab's Sangrur, driver flees; Amarinder Singh orders probe

In a ghastly incident, four children were burnt alive when a private school's mini van carrying students caught fire in Punjab's Sangrur district on Saturday, police said

Press Trust of India February 15, 2020 20:36:48 IST
Four children burnt alive after school van catches fire in Punjab's Sangrur, driver flees; Amarinder Singh orders probe
  • In a ghastly incident, four children were burnt alive when a private school's mini van carrying students caught fire in Punjab's Sangrur district on Saturday, police said

  • The accident took place on the Longowal-Sidsaachar road, they said, adding 12 children were in the van at the time of mishap.

  • Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh ordered a magisterial enquiry into the incident

Chandigarh: In a ghastly incident, four children were burnt alive when a private school's mini van carrying students caught fire in Punjab's Sangrur district on Saturday, police said.

The accident took place on the Longowal-Sidsaachar road, they said, adding 12 children were in the van at the time of mishap.  While eight children were taken out safely by people working in nearby fields, four, including a girl three-year-old girl, were charred to death, they added.

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh ordered a magisterial enquiry into the incident.

The children were returning home from school when the incident occurred, they said.

Four children burnt alive after school van catches fire in Punjabs Sangrur driver flees Amarinder Singh orders probe

Police personnel investigate as they stand next to the charred remains of a vehicle in which four children were burnt alive, in Punjab's Sangrur district.

Sangrur deputy commissioner Ghanshyam Thori, who visited the spot, told media that  police had registered a case under Section 303 of IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) against the school principal, its management and the owner and driver of the van.

"Preliminary inquiry indicates that the van was in a condemned condition but was being run illegally as per a report of District Transport Officer (DTO). If the DTO or any official of his office is found guilty, he will be chargesheeted," he said.

Sangrur Civil Hospital's senior surgeon, Dr Raj Kumar, said no child was admitted to the government hospitals in the district. "The children who survived were taken away by their families from the spot," he said.

Police sources said the van was of 1990's model with gas fitted kit and was unfit to run on the road. The driver of the van ran away from the spot, they said.

Punjab education minister Vijay Inder Singla, who is the MLA from Sangrur, told media at the spot that the private 'Simran Public School' had purchased the "very old van" on Friday. He announced an  ex-gratia of Rs five lakh each to the families of the victims.

Sangrur MP and AAP leader Bhagwant Mann, who visited the spot, told media that the van was put to use by the school for the first day on Saturday. He demanded the registration of a murder case against school officials and the owner of the van.

He said among the victims is an around three-year-old girl, who went to the school for the first time. He said among the dead two are from one family.

Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party and SAD condemned the incident and expressed condolences for the victim's families.

Updated Date:

also read

Highlights, RR vs PBKS, IPL 2021, Match 4, Full Cricket Score: Arshdeep stars as Punjab edge Rajasthan in thriller
First Cricket News

Highlights, RR vs PBKS, IPL 2021, Match 4, Full Cricket Score: Arshdeep stars as Punjab edge Rajasthan in thriller

IPL 2021, Live Cricket Score, Rajasthan Royals (RR) vs Punjab Kings (PBKS): Arshdeep Singh, who has been impressive so far today, is given the final over of the evening. Starts off with a wide delivery down the off side. Just a single off the next two deliveries as the equation comes down to 11 off 3. Samson goes downtown over the extra cover/wide long on fence for a maximum to bring the equation down to 5 off 2. Samson denies the single off the fifth ball after not quite connecting, choosing to face the last delivery with five needed. The Rajasthan skipper goes big towards the extra cover fence off the last ball, but fails to get the distance as Hooda collects the winning catch.

COVID-19 surge: AAP MLA Raghav Chadha calls for 'vaccine universalisation' in letter to Narendra Modi
India

COVID-19 surge: AAP MLA Raghav Chadha calls for 'vaccine universalisation' in letter to Narendra Modi

In his letter, the AAP MLA said that the Centre has exported over 64 million doses to 84 countries, while Indian citizens are 'desperately looking for a vaccination centre that is open'

Ben Stokes ruled out of action for up to 3 months due to fracture in index finger
First Cricket News

Ben Stokes ruled out of action for up to 3 months due to fracture in index finger

The injury occurred while Stokes was fielding during Royals' opening match against Punjab Kings on Monday when he completed a catch in the deep to see off Punjab Kings batsman Chris Gayle.