ONDA, UTTAR PRADESH: A senior Uttar Pradesh minister's convoy allegedly ran over an eight-year-old boy last night in Gonda district. The boy died on the spot. He was allegedly hit by a car which was part of the convoy of minister Om Prakash Rajbhar.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked the state's most senior police officer for a report and has announced Rs. 5 lakhs compensation for the boy's family.
Shiva Goswami, accompanied by his mother and grandmother, was reportedly playing by the side of a road that connects Colonelganj and Paraspur in the eastern Uttar Pradesh district when he was hit by one of the cars of the minister. Eyewitnesses and the family of the boy alleged that no one in the convoy stopped to help the child. His father claims that the minister himself was in one of the cars which had garlands on it.
"The child fell after he was hit by the car. The minister sped away. The guards put a break to their vehicle but they went away," said the child's father Vishwanath.
Om Prakash Rajbhar, however, has claimed he was 25 kms away, in a different car, when the incident happened.
Villages, who alleged that police did not reach the spot on time, placed the boy's body on the road and blocked the route for nearly an hour on Saturday. They alleged that the police tried to forcibly remove the boy's body from the road.
Angry locals reportedly set fire at several places in the area.
Om Prakash Rajbhar heads the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, an ally of the ruling BJP in Uttar Pradesh and a minister in Yogi Adityanath's cabinet.
Following a complaint by the boy's father, a case of rash and negligent driving has been registered against unknown people for now. The police said names will be added after a preliminary investigation.
Three weeks ago, in a video that went viral on social media, Om Prakash Rajbhar warned that parents who fail to send their children to schools will be locked up in police stations without food and water.
In July, Mr Rajbhar threatened to launch a protest sit-in if a top official in his home district is not removed.