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Two girls on their way to attend Yoga session run over by car in Rajkot

The accident took place when the five girls were waiting at the bus stop.

Two girls on their way to school to attend Yoga session celebrating the first International Yoga Day were killed and three others injured after being allegedly hit by a pickup car in Jamvadi village near Gondal town in Rajkot district early on Sunday morning.

The accident took place when the five girls were waiting at the bus stop of their village Jamvadi, some 50 km south of Rajkot, at 6:35 am for a vehicle to go to Vidya Mandir School in Gondal. Police said the driver of a pickup car carrying milk cans and going towards Gondal from Virpur lost control of his vehicle and hit the girls who were standing near the bus stand. Avani Mansukh Bavariya and Aarti Jagdish Solanki were killed on the spot while Shraddha Makwana, Jasmin Sarvaiya and Jalpa Makwana were injured.

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“Since it was early morning, we suspect driver could have been drowsy and lost control of his vehicle, leading to the accident,” Aziz Sindhi, deputy superintendent of police (DySP) of Gondal division told The Indian Express.

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The DySP said that Avni and Aarti were around 14 years in age.

“The injured girls were rushed to a government hospital in Gondal. One girl was discharged from Gondal hospital after being given primary treatment. However, the two others have sustained serious injuries and have been referred to the Civil Hospital in Rajkot for further treatment,” Sindhi further said.

Incidentally, almost all the schools in Rajkot district had planned Yoga sessions in the morning to mark the first International Yoga Day. According to district administration, simultaneous Yoga drills were planned at 1,284 locations in the district and approximately six lakh people were expected to attend them.

The DySP added that after hitting the girls, the car rammed into the bus stand leaving its driver seriously injured. The driver too was rushed to the Civil Hospital in Rajkot for treatment.

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“The driver is also injured seriously. He was rushed to Rajkot in an unconscious state,” Sindhi further added.

First published on: 21-06-2015 at 11:34:37 am
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