Kathua, Aug 30: A teenager, 19 years of age, died after he fell from the roof of an over loaded bus on Dayala Chak- Dinga Amb road yesterday morning.
The accident is from around 6:50 am when Aman Kumar, son of Late Surinder Kumar Balotra (Ganesh, Ex-Sarpanch), and a resident of Dinga Amb was travelling to Jammu for classes at Polytechnic College, where he had recently taken admission. The Jammu bound bus bearing registration No. JK02AH/7145, arrived at Dinga Amb bus stand from Billawar at around 6.35 am. As is common in the morning buses to Jammu, the bus was over loaded and majority of the passengers were students and Govt employees.
According to sources, due to lack of space to even stand inside the bus, Aman alongiwth 15- 20 other passengers, climbed the roof top of the bus. A branch of a Mango tree hit the head of the boy near Pacca Kotha and he was thrown down the bus with its impact. The head injuries were serious and Aman was rushed to the nearby Hira Nagar Hospital in the same bus. He was declared dead on arrival at the hospital by the doctors.
The bus driver, Nardev Singh, a resident of Billawar, has been arrested and a case under Sections 304 A and 279 RPC has been registered.
While a case has been registered against the driver for faltering but if the traffic police were actively doing its job by not allowing the overloading in the first place, leave alone allowing the commuters to sit on the roof of a minibus, this death, like many other deaths could have been avoided.