Manoj Baitha Surrenders in the Death of Nine Children on NH-77

Manoj Baitha (right) arrives at PMCH with his assistant on Wednesday.

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Patna: After being on run to avoid arrest for nearly four days, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Manoj Baitha who allegedly mowed down nine children with his speeding SUV on National Highway 77 in Muzaffarpur district while also injuring nearly a dozen other children, surrendered before the police in Muzaffarpur on late Tuesday night bringing an end to a manhunt that had been launched amidst growing pressure from the opposition parties in Bihar.

Baitha surrendered around midnight at the home of Muzaffarpur Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Vivek Kumar after the government obtained court order to attach his property.

The tragedy, perhaps the worst one involving a politician of any political party, took place last Saturday near Dharampur village under Minapur police station in Muzaffarpur district. All the victims were the students of Dharampur Middle School, not too far from the accident site.

Baitha, who was described as a party worker by the BJP leaders in Patna, carried visible marks on his face and body caused by the accident in which he, after running over the children, lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a tree causing injury to him and damage to the vehicle.

He was taken to a sadar hospital in Muzaffarpur that, in turn, referred him to Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH).

Officials said Baitha, who had stitches inside his mouth, was unable to speak to the police to give his account of the accident.

"It is still not clear what happened after the accident, how Baitha managed to escape from the accident scene and where did he get the medical treatment that he required immediately after the accident," the SSP said.


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