Pune: An unidentified operator of an earth moving vehicle (JCB) was booked by Faraskhana police station for allegedly endangering the life of an eight-year-old boy by moving him up and down with the machine bucket near Nagzari Nala on May 18.
The boy had entered the bucket to fetch a ball as the bucket was down. After the video of the incident went viral, his father lodged a police complaint on Wednesday night as his son was traumatised by the incident and would wake up suddenly at night.
As per the complaint lodged by Sanjay Chandrakant Limbone (48) of Ganesh Peth, the police booked the operator of the JCB vehicle (MH12RR0225) for offences under sections 279 (rash driving) and 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code.
According to the police, Limbone’s son Sarthak and other children from the locality play at the Pawar Service Centre.
“After the workers there went for namaz, they closed the service centre and children went to play at Nagzari Nala near Dudh Bhatti. While playing, the ball went into the bucket. As Sarthak was retrieving the ball, the operator suddenly started moving the bucket up and down even though my son was pleading with him not do so. Then as the bucket was lowered, Sarthak jumped out,” Limbone stated in his complaint.
He works with a private firm and his phone was kept in the locker. “During the break around 7.30 pm on same day, I had seen the video and called up my wife but she was not aware of it. When I returned around midnight, my son had gone to sleep. On the next day when I asked him, he narrated to me the details. I went with him to the spot but nobody was there. I learnt from a friend that the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) contractor was hired to clean the nala there. However, the workers were teasing and having fun over the screams of my child. I searched for the operator but could not find him. Then I got busy with elections in my company and didn’t pay much attention to it. However, Sarthak was so traumatised by the incident that he would suddenly wake up at night,” he added.
Police Inspector (crime) RB Chavan said, “We have sought details from PMC and further action will be taken after that.”