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Chandigarh, November 27th 2006, Tribune News Service

Rajan Sharma, a third year mechanical engineering student of Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, was crushed to death under a CTU bus at the Sectors 16 and 17 traffic light point here this afternoon. His face was damaged badly under the tyres of the bus.

The victim, identified as 19-year-old Rajan Sharma of Zirakpur, died on the spot. He was rushed to the PGI by a Police Control Room (PCR) vehicle, where the doctors declared him brought dead. The other boy, Sachin, the victim’s classmate, was discharged from the Sector 16 General Hospital. The victim was not wearing a safety helmet, said the police.

According to eyewitnesses, the mishap took place at around 12:15 pm when the bus collided with the motor cycle, on which the victim was riding pillion, while the other boy riding the motor cycle escaped with minor bruises. The bus collided with the motor cycle from the right side, resulting which the motorcyclists lost control over the vehicle and fell on the road. The pillion rider was crushed under the rear tyres of the bus while the other boy escaped as he fell on other side. The victim was dragged to a distance of about 15 feet before the bus halted. Both the vehicles moved after getting a green signal at the traffic lights, just before the mishap.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Sachin, a resident of Sector 45, said that Rajan asked him to drop him at PGI bus stop. I used to drop him at the PGI bus stop as he did not have a helmet. As it was their first day of semester exams, Rajan wanted to reach home early. So he asked him to drop him at the Sector 17 ISBT. “Just after we started from the traffic lights, I felt a jerk and found that we were hit by a bus coming from rear. I lost control over my motor cycle and flew from the motor cycle with the impact before landing on the road. After getting up I saw Rajan lying listless under the bus and people were rushing toward him. Before I could judge his condition he was taken by cops to the hospital.’’

Later in the day the cries of the victim’s mother rented the air in the police station. The scene at the police station became emotional when the victim’s mother, who was crying inconsolably, held her son’s bag in her lap. She was repeatedly asking Sachin why he had agreed to take her son on his motor cycle. Unable to control herself she sobbed: "He asked me late last night to wake him up at 4 in the morning, saying that he wanted to revise his syllabus. He also asked about my health last night. Had I known that this would happen with him, I would have never sent him to college”.

She further added that Rajan used to ask them to buy him a motor cycle but they always persuaded him against it, saying that he would have cars in his life after he completed his studies.

Rajan was the younger son of his parents. He is survived by an elder brother, father and mother. His elder brother is a B. Com student. Describing Rajan his classmate asserted that he was studious and was counted among the brilliant students in his batch. He scored 70 per cent marks in his last exams.

Meanwhile, the police has arrested bus driver Dharamveer of Hisar on the allegation of causing death due to rash and negligent driving.

The driver had joined the service just one-and-a half-years ago. The postmortem would be performed tomorrow, the police said.

May the almighty rest Rajan's soul in peace and give his family the strength to cope with his tragic loss.

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