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‘Trapped’ Bus Death

‘Trapped’ Bus Death
Father Awadh (left) with wife Uma Wati in Tovata, Labasa still in shock over their youngest son's death who was alleged to be hit by a Labasa bus. Right Inset: Deceased, Vivek Narayan, Photo: Shratika Naidu
September 02
13:55 2015

A Labasa family is still in shock after their 18-year-old son was killed in a bus accident.

Vivek Narayan was a Year 13 student of Guru Nanak Khalsa College in Labasa.

The incident happened at around 2pm at Labasa Bus Station on Monday.

Police Spokesperson Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said it was alleged that the bus parked in the front reversed and bumped Vivek who became trapped between two buses.

“The boy was rushed to Labasa Hospital and later passed away at 7.40pm,” Inspector Sokomuri said.

He said the two buses belonged to Parmod Enterprises Limited and Dalip Chand and Son Limited.

“The 35-year-old driver of Parmod Enterprises Limited was arrested and questioned and released yesterday,” Inspector Sokomuri said.

He said the post-mortem would be carried out today before any possible charges were laid against the driver.

“Once again, we continue to plead with members of the public to be cautious whilst using the road and be mindful of all road rules,” Inspector Sokomuri said.

Vivek’s mother Uma Wati, 46 of Tovata, Labasa, was shocked to receive the news of her son’s death.

“Vivek left home in the morning to have his hair cut and get his school project work done since the third school term was starting,” Mrs Wati said.

“I also gave him some money to do some food shopping,” she added.

“He said to me that he would buy his school bag and meet his friends and come home in the 1pm bus,” Mrs Wati said.

She said at about 4pm she received a call from the Police Station that Vivek was in Labasa Hospital.

“I heard from people around that one taxi driver got him into a taxi and took him to Labasa Hospital,” Mrs Wati said.

“He sat down for a while at the hospital and then the doctors saw him,” she said.

“Later, he was taken for operation since his liver got damaged,” Mrs Wati said.

“How he died and how the accident happened, I really do not know because no one was with him,” she said.

She said they were still waiting for the Police officers to tell them what happened.

Vivek’s father Awadh Narayan, 53 said he had returned from his clinic but missed seeing his son on the 1pm bus, as they had planned.

“I thought I should let him be with his friends as he was trying to get his school project done,” Mr Narayan said.

“I am still shocked and wonder why the bus driver did not take him to hospital.

“At least the bus driver could have shown some courtesy and taken him to hospital immediately, today my son would have been alive,” Mr Narayan said.

He said Vivek was a hardworking boy.

“During the school holiday, he cut sugarcane with his mother to buy his new school bag,” Mr Narayan said.

“He used to say, do not worry mum and dad, I will stay with you and look after you,” he added.

Vivek was the youngest of four siblings.


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