HYDERABAD: Angered at Ramya’s death due to the recklessness of the bus driver, students’ organisations on Monday gave a call for statewide bandh of Sri Chaitanya junior colleges on Tuesday and demanded that the college management pay an ex gratia of 30 lakh to the victim’s family.
Tension prevailed at Sri Chaitanya’s Kukatpally campus in the afternoon as students, who witnessed the accident, rushed to the college’s Bhaskar Bhavan and threw stones, breaking several glass panes in the building. They raised slogans demanding justice for Ramya and blamed the college management for hiring below par drivers.
“College managements are least bothered about the safety of students and are hiring anyone who is willing to work for low wages as drivers. This mistake is costing students their life and today’s incident is another reminder of why they should spend money on hiring qualified drivers. The college management should at least wake up now and take preventive measures,” said L Ayappa, state secretary, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad
Angry students said Ramya was trying to cross the road when the rear wheel of the bus ran over her. She suffered grievous head injuries and died on the spot. The incident happened when the bus was taking a U-turn and the driver did not realise that the girl had not moved away.
“The intermediate board should come up with guidelines and give a checklist to all junior colleges so that they can’t just hire anyone as drivers. We were forced to call for a bandh as the student died due to sheer negligence of the driver and we want the police to check whether he was drunk when the accident took place. We also want the college management to pay compensation to the girl’s family. The bandh of Sri Chaitanya group of institutions will continue till the college management personally go and hand over a cheque to Ramya’s family,” said Aamer Javed, national secretary, National Students’ Union of India (NSUI).
This is second such incident in last couple of days. A techie, who was returning home on a scooter with her husband after offering prayers at Chilkur Balaji temple, was killed when an overspeeding tipper hit their scooter.