Dubai: Indian boy falls asleep in school bus, not noticed by driver, dies

Daijiworld Media Network - Dubai (MS)

Dubai, June 16: In a heart-wrenching incident that occurred in the city on Saturday, June 15, a six-year-old boy of Indian origin, who fell asleep in the school bus died due to suffocation as he was left in the bus for several hours.

Mohammed Farhan Faisal (6), who is a native of Kerala, was studying in the Islamic center at Al Quoz in the city. He dozed off in the bus after boarding it on the way to school. The boy was left behind in the bus as the driver did not notice his presence after all the other students alighted from the vehicle.

The victim boy was found inside the bus when the driver came to take out the bus to drop the other students back home after the school hours. The matter was informed to the police at 3 pm.

Farhan was the youngest of three children of parents who are long time residents of the city and they live in Karama. His father Faisal has several businesses in Dubai as well as in Kerala.

A close friend of the family, on condition of anonymity, said, "Just in the past week I came across this family at a get together. The boy was really bright. His parents are in shock."

The body of the young boy was shifted to the post mortem after the primary police investigations were over.

According to a police official, the body will be handed over to the family after all the legal and administrative formalities are completed.

In the past also UAE has witnessed similar incidents. In 2014, a student of KG 1 of Al Worood Academy private school in the capital city of Abu Dhabi died due to suffocation as he was left inside the school bus. The news had sent shock waves in the country and discussion were held with regards to the safety of children in the school buses.

In 2018, another KG 1 student was not noticed to be still inside the bus by the driver and conductor. The child though was inside the bus for over four hours, fortunately survived.


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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Jun 16 2019

    Rest on Peace ...

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  • ayes p., kudla/ksa

    Sun, Jun 16 2019

    RIP Farhan.
    This is totally driver's negligence and drivers of the school buses should check inside the bus after dropping the children.
    Schools should send the SMS to the parents if child is absent; so we can avoid such type of incidents.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 16 2019

    The driver or conductor always count the children while entering and getting down from school bus. This is a lesson to our Schools also.

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  • Hanif Abdulrashid, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

    Sun, Jun 16 2019

    Similar incident happened in Jeddah. After this incident, now Schools sending SMS to parents if the student remains absent. If at all left in bus, a SMS will go to parents, informing them about the absence of child from the class. This measure to be taken by all Schools.

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  • Chatty Shetty, mangalore

    Sun, Jun 16 2019

    Really sad. When the incident of 2014 occurred I was working in Al quoz and living in Karama.
    Generally the safety standards of school buses is very high in Dubai. Very unfortunate.
    RIP dear child.

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  • Arman mohammed, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 16 2019

    ಕಾನೂನು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಬಲಿಷ್ಠವಾಗಿದೆ. Blood money ಕೊಡದೆ ಬಸ್ ಚಾಲಕ( ಅದು ಸ್ವೀಕರಿಸಲು ಹುಡುಗನ ಕುಟುಂಬ ಒಪ್ಪಿದರೆ ಮಾತ್ರ) ಬಿಡುಗಡೆ ಇಲ್ಲ ಚಾಲಕನಿಗೆ ಶಿಕ್ಷೆ ಖಾತ್ರಿ.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Mon, Jun 17 2019

    @Arman Mohammed mangalore however the rules are or whatever you recieve blood money,boy will not come It has come to a tragody..Very bad .Negligence from driver.Why did the driver not control bus before he closes it first and last?children are left to themselves ?.simply negligence.Atleast school should have inquired why child is missing.Unless hard punishment ,people will never learn.It is not first instance.other children too could have informed driver about sleeping.Heartfelt sympathy to the family.may the little angel rest in peace in Heaven.If I was in parents situation,I wouldnt recieve any money ,because it will be like really blood money and I will not be happy with it.remind each time about my child.

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  • Sharlet Quadras, Mangaluru

    Sun, Jun 16 2019

    School must send sms to the parents if the child is absent. In that case such things can be avoided

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Sun, Jun 16 2019

    It was made mandatory that every schoolbus should have driver assistant.
    Poor child pray for his soul rest in peace.

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  • gm, Mlur

    Sun, Jun 16 2019

    It's mandatory and very high quality safety measures are applied. It's a hot summer and child will not survive in the closed bus if there is no AC for one hour. It was a mistake from the driver but what to say After all God's wish. It's a sad incident RIP Mohammed Farhan Faisal.

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