Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): A special investigation team (SIT) was formed at the instructions of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to probe alleged rape of a nursery kid in the bus of a prestigious school in Bhopal, as per officials.
The SIT will have four members to be led by an assistant commissioner of police Shrutkriti Somvanshi, as per officials.
Earlier, the chief minister summoned the police officials to his residence at 7 in the morning and instructed them to take strict action in connection with the incident.
The meeting was attended by principal secretary school education Rashmi Arun Shami, commissioner Bhopal division Gulshan Bamra, police commissioner Makrand Deouskar, collector Avinash Lavania and certain other officers. Additional chief secretary, home Rajesh Rajora attended the meeting virtually.
Terming the incident as a serious one CM asked why the school management was not summoned so far for questioning.
He said this could not be allowed that if there was any influential person he would not be summoned. Call them for questioning, he instructed the officials.
CM wanted to know from the school education department if the school buses in the state were equipped with CCTV cameras and what action was taken by the department so far after the incident.
‘Lakhs of students go to schools daily. How can such a situation allow students to travel in an unsafe atmosphere,’ he asked.
He instructed action be taken in a stipulated time limit. The female attendant seemed equally responsible along with the driver of the bus in this case.
ìHowsoever big a school may be, it is responsible for the safety of students. Verify credentials of all the school buses drivers across the state. There should be a clear message to all the schools that school management will be responsible for any lapse,î he said.††
Notably, a nursery kid was allegedly raped by the school bus driver Hanumant Jatav in the school bus on Thursday last while she was going back home. A female attendant was present in the bus when the crime took place.
Mother of the three-and-a-half -year -old kid lodged an FIR with the police later on Monday. Later, the driver and the female attendant were arrested by police.
Driver has criminal record
Apprising the chief minister of the police action so far, police commissioner Makrand Deouskar said the driver had been arrested and he was earlier named in two crime cases.
He said the police were trying to know by taking into confidence other kids who used the bus and their parents if there was similar crime with any other kid.
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