- The boy was crushed to death by an SUV that belonged to local BJP MP Harish Dwivedi
- The incident took place near Hardiya petrol pump of Basti district
- The victim's father said that no action has been taken by police against the BJP MP
Uttar Pradesh: A 9-year-old boy was allegedly mowed down in Basti district by a Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leader's SUV on Sunday, police said. The unidentified driver of the SUV has been booked, the police further added. The 2nd standard student, Abhishek Rajbhar, was crushed to death under the wheels of an SUV that belonged to local BJP MP Harish Dwivedi near Hardiya petrol pump of Basti district.
The boy was referred to the trauma centre in Lucknow but succumbed to injuries. The police lodged an FIR on Sunday evening after the CCTV of the incident went viral. Basti Superintendent of Police, Ashish Srivastava said that an FIR under the charges of causing death by negligence and rash driving or riding on a public way has been registered against the unidentified driver of the SUV belonging to the BJP MP and a probe is underway.
"We will not spare the driver at the wheel of the SUV, who caused the incident. Two vehicles of the BJP MP have been spotted on the CCTV. An officer of CO rank is probing the case. The post-mortem of the boy has been conducted," he added.
The victim's father, Shatrughan Rajbhar, said that no action has been taken by police against the BJP MP or the driver so far despite the MP and his vehicle being clearly visible in the CCTV footage recovered from the spot of the incident. According to locals, the MP did not even turn up to pay his condolences to the family.
Meanwhile, an 87-second CCTV footage recovered from the spot shows two SUVs after the incident, in which one of the SUVs' bumper is also damaged, police added.
(With inputs from IANS)