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Boy in hospital after auto-hit

A boy was injured after a speeding auto hit him on Elliot Road on Monday evening.

Gautam Sau, 12, a resident of Bedford Lane adjoining Ripon Lane, was taken to Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital with head, face and chest injuries. He underwent surgery and has been kept under observation for 48 hours.

Hospital officials said the child was unconscious at the time of admission. “He was bleeding from his mouth, probably because of injuries in his chest or abdomen,” said an official.

Auto driver Mohammad Wasim, 25, also sustained minor injuries after his vehicle collided with a four-wheeler as he swerved to avoid running into the boy. He was discharged after treatment and arrested by the Park Street police. Wasim has been charged with rash and negligent driving. His vehicle has been seized.

“The child suddenly came in front of the auto going eastward from Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road. The accident took place near the Elliot Road-Ripon Lane crossing around 2.30pm,” said an officer of the Park Circus traffic guard.

Police sources said that incidents of rash and negligent driving are common in the area. Auto drivers also often carry more passengers than allowed. “It does not always lead to an accident. But the probability is always high. It is difficult to tame rogue auto drivers just by slapping fines,” said an officer.

Boy drowns

A seven-year-old boy drowned in the Hooghly on Tuesday morning. Police said Saddam Hussein, a resident of Jyoti Nagar Colony in central Calcutta, had gone to bathe at Sarvamangala Ghat in the North Port police station area when he was swept away by high tide. His body was fished out at 1pm and sent for post-mortem.