Hyderabad: The driver of a battery-operated vehicle was arrested in connection with a case registered for the death of a two-year-old boy at the Nehru Zoological Park on Tuesday. Mohammed Omer, 2, was killed after the vehicle hit him. The government has ordered an inquiry into the incident.
Bahadurpura police on Wednesday arrested Hari, 42, under Section 304A of the IPC for death by negligence. It is said that the boy left his mother’s hand and rushed on to the road inside the zoo and was hit by the vehicle. The driver had been deployed on VVIP duty earlier in the day
Special Chief Secret-ary for forest and environment Ajay Mishra ordered Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Production) Prudhvi Raj to submit a report on the incident within a week.
Speaking to this newspaper, additional principal chief conservator of forests, Ranga Reddy, Sidanandh Kukrety said, “I don’t think that the incident happened due to the negligence of the driver. Being a holiday, the zoo saw about 27,000 visitors on Tuesday. Traffic was high inside the zoo and moreover the battery vehicles do not go more than 10 kilometres per hour. The driver had taken some VVIPs the same morning.”