Ashu’s bike at Uliyan thana outpost on Thursday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
Two scooter-borne Class X students of Carmel Junior College, Jamshedpur, were injured when they collided with car while negotiating a turn on Thursday morning, five weeks before their ICSE board exams start on March 3.
Both 16-years-old and residents of Kagalnagar, Sonari, Ashu Abhishek, who was riding the scooty, and Emanuel Sabrine, sitting pillion, were lucky that the owner of the car that hit their scooter on Cross Road No. 8, Farm Area in Kadma, did not leave them bleeding on the road.
This Good Samaritan helped the boys lie inside his car. He waited till two policemen from Kadma thana came and then drove the boys to MGM hospital. Later, he told policemen he was on his way to deceased former deputy chief minister Sudhir Mahto’s Uliyan home to pay his condolences when the mishap occurred.
In a surprising miss, Kadma police, who seized both the car and scooty, didn’t record the man’s name. Ashu’s scooty is kept at Uliyan thana outpost and the car at Kadma thana.
Ashu and Emanuel, now shifted to TMH, suffered head injuries. They also have multiple injuries on their hands and legs. The good news is that both are out of danger.
When The Telegraph went to meet Ashu’s mother Harshita Sinha at their Aditya Homes apartment, the distraught lady said she had insisted on her son wearing his helmet everyday.
“He didn’t wear it today (Thursday) and look what happened. He and his friend were going to a classmate’s house at Kadma KD Flats to borrow notes when this accident took place,” the homemaker said.
She added she and her husband, government employee Sanjay Kumar Sinha, bought the scooty for their son because he had to commute daily to school and tuition classes.
In a city with inadequate public transport, two-wheelers are the preferred mode for youngsters.
“Till this morning, our main concern was his upcoming ICSE exams. Now, I just want my son to be okay,” the lady said, sobbing.
Kadma police station OC Indu Bhushan Kumar confirmed the road mishap.
“The condition of the injured boys is serious,” he said. “They are in no condition to give their statement. Police will prosecute the car’s driver after getting the boys’ statement,” OC Kumar said, adding the scooty had a 100cc engine, which needs a driving licence.
Deputy superintendent of police (traffic) Rakesh Mohan Sinha said persons aged 16 years or above get driving licence for 50cc two-wheelers only.
“We will verify the scooty’s engine capacity and the age of the injured students. If students are found to have violated traffic rules, they will be prosecuted,” he said. “I request parents, who buy bikes for their wards, to be more careful.”