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Kids hurt in pool car crash

Two Class II students at Calcutta Girls’ High School were injured when when a pool car allegedly travelling at a breakneck speed collided with a car near Bangur Avenue, off VIP Road, on Wednesday morning.

The Tata Sumo — an unlicensed pool car, according to information gathered by Metro — was ferrying eight children home from school around 11.30am when it hit the car after emerging from a lane at a high speed.

Anushka Das, who was sitting beside the driver, banged her face against the windscreen when driver Bappa Das slammed the brakes after the crash. The girl suffered a deep cut inside her mouth and one of her teeth was broken.

Mridula Bose, one of the four students sitting at the rear, was thrown off her seat and suffered chest injuries.

Both were taken to a nearby nursing home, from where they were released after treatment.

The occupants of the other car were not injured.

Das, who fled after the accident, was later arrested. He has been booked under IPC sections 279 (rash driving) and 338 (causing grievous hurt).

“The car was moving very fast. Suddenly it came to a halt, throwing all four of us at the back off our seats,” recalled Mridula.

The girl’s mother, Soma Bose, alleged that she and other parents had repeatedly asked the owner of the car to replace the driver or ask him to drive cautiously.

“On several occasions we had noticed that the pool car was being driven dangerously. We brought this to the notice of the owner but nothing has been done. Had the owner taken timely action, the accident could have been prevented,” said Bose.

The owner, Khaled Khan, said the driver ignored his repeated orders to be careful while at the wheel.