Altamash Shafique with his mother at SSKM Hospital on Tuesday. Picture by Sanat Kumar Sinha
A six-year-old child suffered head injuries and multiple fractures after an autorickshaw rammed into him while he was crossing Keshub Chandra Sen Street, near Rajabazar, on Tuesday morning.
Altamash Shafique, a Class II student at Faiz Mohammad Day Primary School, was with his grandmother when the accident occurred around 11.30am.
“I was holding my grandson’s hand while crossing the road. The auto came at high speed and banged into him. Both of us fell on the road but I was not hurt. Altamash started to bleed profusely,” said Husna Babu, 56, a resident of 155/H/14 Keshub Chandra Sen Street.
According to witnesses, Farhan, the youth driving the auto, stopped the vehicle a few metres away and fled.
“Farhan also lives on Keshub Chandra Sen Street. There were no passengers in his auto. He was driving at a very high speed down the middle of the road. He pressed the brakes only at the last moment,” said a youth from the locality who saw the accident.
The child, who was bleeding from his head and nose, was taken to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital.
“Cops posted at the nearby Rajabazar crossing reacted promptly to take Altamash to hospital,” said the boy’s grandfather Mohammad Rahmat.
Altamash underwent CT scan at the hospital and received stitches on his head before being referred to NRS hospital, from where he was sent to SSKM hospital.
The boy’s father, Shafique Ahmed, who owns a leather shoes shop at Rajabazar, alleged that there was a delay in his son’s treatment. “My child was sent from one hospital to another. We reached SSKM Hospital around 3pm but doctors attended to him only after 7pm,” he alleged.
“The child suffered a jaw fracture and not very serious head injuries. He might need an operation,” said SSKM Hospital superintendent Tamal Kanti Ghosh.
The police claimed to have identified the auto driver as Mohammad Farhan but could not arrest him till late on Tuesday.
The incident underscored once again how rogue auto-drivers have a free run in the city. In the past few months, an auto driver had dragged a four-year-old girl down the road after she fell off his vehicle at Sinthee, while another auto driver broke the nose of a passenger after a tiff over change.