Dubai, Jun 16: A six-year-old Indian boy died after he was left behind alone in a bus for several hours in Dubai, the media reported on Sunday.
The child, identified as Mohamed Farhan Faisal from the south Indian state of Kerala, was a student at an Islamic centre in Al Quoz.
According to family sources, he slept off after boarding the bus from Karama. He was left behind after all the other students disembarked outside the centre at 8 a.m., on Saturday.
The Dubai Police said they were notified about the tragedy at 3 p.m. A top official from the centre said he was found as the driver took the bus out to drop the students back home.
The actual cause of death is yet to be determined.
Farhan was the youngest of three children and had joined the centre earlier this year.
His parents are long-time residents of Dubai and the family resides in Karama.
His father Faisal runs multiple businesses in Dubai and Kerala, the paper reported.
"I had met the family during a get-together just last week. He was such a bright boy. His parents are in a state of shock," said a close family member, who requested not to be named.
After the initial investigation, the body was shifted to the forensic department at 6 pm for an autopsy.
"The mortal remains will be handed over to the family after all legal and administrative procedures have been completed," the official said.
Such incidents are rare in the UAE, but have been reported previously.
In 2014, a KG1 pupil at Abu Dhabi’s Al Worood Academy Private School suffocated to death after being forgotten inside a bus. The news had shocked the nation and sparked a major discussion on child safety in buses.
The principal, bus driver and supervisor were jailed and directed to pay 100,000 dirhams as compensation to the victim’s family.