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JVM van kills 5-yr-old

Jamshedpur, June 29: A five-year-old boy was killed in a freak accident involving a JVM campaign vehicle in suburban Sarjamda, 15km from city, this afternoon,

The victim, Ganesh Haiburu, was among a bunch of curious children chasing the canvassing van, decked up with party flags and banners, which was slowly wending its way through the Parsudih neighbourhood around 2.30pm and urging people to vote.

Ganesh, who was apparently too close to the vehicle, banged his head hard on the rear of the van when the driver suddenly applied brakes to negotiate a turn. The impact killed the child on the spot.

Officer in charge of Parsudih police station Sanjay Kumar confirmed the incident. “We have recovered the body and sent it to Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital for post-mortem,” he said.

The driver is absconding, but Section 304(B) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against the owner of the vehicle (registration No. JH-05 Z 4590). “We are looking for the man whose identity is yet to be ascertained,” Kumar told The Telegraph.

The incident triggered vehement protests in the locality, prompting a police party to rush to the spot and control the situation.

JVM’s Lok Sabha bypoll candidate Ajoy Kumar too reached Sarjamda and tried to console Ganesh’s bereaved family members, who, however, stuck to their demand for immediate compensation.

Expressing his dismay over the unfortunate incident, the former supercop told The Telegraph that the model code of conduct forbade them from any kind of monetary damages under any circumstance. “We cannot compensate for the loss of life immediately. However, once the election is over, we will do everything we can to alleviate the grief of the family,” he said.

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