Patna, Feb 26: An FIR was filed against BJP leader Manoj Baitha for the death of nine school children in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district on Monday.
The parents of the deceased children sought his arrest.
“We have registered an FIR against Baitha on Sunday on the basis of a complaint by Moh Ansari of Dharampur village, who lost five grandchildren in the tragedy on Saturday,” news agency IANS quoted Station House Officer of Meenapur police station Sona Prasad Singh as saying.
Singh stated raids were conducted to nab Baitha who hails from Sitamarhi district but he is absconding.
On Sunday, villagers staged a protest by blocking the National Highway to demand Baitha’s arrest.
In his police statement, Ansari said that Baitha was driving the vehicle when the speeding vehicle mowed down the children on Saturday.
Clad in a white cotton kurta-pyjama, he fled after the vehicle hit and killed the school children, he added.
Ansari further said a closed-circuit television footage also showed the BJP leader driving the vehicle.
The accident took place near Dharampur school on National Highway-77 in Minapur block when a Balero jeep hit the children while they were crossing the road.
The state has announced Rs 4 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased children.
In the meantime, Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal also staged a protest demanding stick action against the culprit.
The leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav, after visiting the injured, had said their families told him that the killer vehicle belonged to the BJP leader and no arrest had been made so far.