Death of student in Kozhikode: MVD claims school bus had no permit

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Muhammed Bahish

Kozhikode: Motor Vehicle Department found that the bus which mowed down a class 9 student at Kodiyathur here was operated without a valid permit. According to the officials, the permit was renewed immediately after the accident. MVD officials informed that the application to renew the permit was received only on Friday.

A 14-year-old boy named Muhammed Bahish died in an accident caused by a school bus on the premises of PTM High School at Kodiyathur on Monday evening. When a wheel of a school bus slipped into a small ditch while starting, the driver accelerated the bus. By losing control, the bus hit on the rear side of another bus parked in the front, and unfortunately, Bahish got trapped between the buses.

The permit of the bus had reportedly expired in August. As per the MVD rule, the school buses have to renew the permit before the expiry date of the existing permit.

Though the renewal application was submitted on October 14, the authority renewed the permit on October 17 at 7.24 pm, a few hours after the accident. Meanwhile, the MVD officials claimed that the delay of two days was caused due to technical glitches. However, MVD has imposed a fine of Rs 7500 on the school for not renewing the permit on time.

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