A youth learning to drive without a trainer allegedly hit a 12-year-old boy playing cricket in Howrah’s Malipanchghara on Sunday afternoon.
Witnesses said 26-year-old Sonu Mishra, who was driving a Maruti 800 on the edge of the HIT ground, hit Prakash Rao while he was chasing a ball.
Prakash, a Class VII student, lost consciousness after being hit and was admitted to a nursing home near the accident site.
Sonu is on the run, police said.
The car belongs to Sonu’s father Ram, who runs another nursing home in the area.
K.N. Biswas, who is treating Prakash, said the child had suffered cuts and bruises. “We have conducted investigations like X-ray and CT scan but the reports are not yet in. He has an inflammation in the left leg but clinically it does not seem to be a fracture,” said Biswas.
The child, he added, regained consciousness after reaching the hospital and complained of pain in his head and chest.
“Some local boys ran to me around 12.30pm and said a car had hit Prakash. When I rushed to the field, I found him bleeding and lying unconscious. The car was still there but the driver escaped,” said the boy’s uncle Krishna Rao.
Nishat Pervez, the deputy commissioner of police (headquarters) in the Howrah commissionerate, said it was apparent that Sonu could not drive.
“An initial investigation has revealed that he did not have a driving licence and no one in the area had seen him drive before. We are looking for him and hope to nab him soon,” said Pervez.
Sonu has been slapped with IPC sections 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way, which carries a maximum punishment of six months in jail and/or a fine of up to Rs 1,000) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others, which carries a maximum punishment of two years in jail and/or a fine of Rs 1,000).
A mob ransacked Budge Budge Hospital on Thursday after the death of Ayub Ali, a patient. Ali’s relatives alleged that medical negligence led to his death. Police dispersed the mob around 1pm. Both parties have lodged complaints.