"This is a very saddening incident. UP government and I too are deeply saddened by his death," he said.
An eight-year-old boy was killed in an accident allegedly by a car in Rajbhar's convoy along the Colonelganj-Paraspur route in the district on Saturday.
The minister said he was on his way to Ballia at the time of the accident but he received information about it when he was 25 km away from the spot.
"I received a call that a boy has been killed by a car in my convoy and I immediately turned my car to go back. However, on my way back, the police officers told me that it is not good for me to come at the spot for now because the villagers are really angry," he said.
Rajbhar said he asked the police to probe the case and find the involved car as soon as possible.
"The District Magistrate JB Singh sent a six-member team to investigate the cars in my convoy but they could not find any scratches or damage. I asked them to find the car which hit the boy till the evening and arrest the culprit," the minister of Department of Backward Classes Welfare said.
Talking about the compensation ordered in the case, Rajbhar said, "When I called Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to inform him about the incident, he said it is our responsibility as the state government to provide help to the grieving family. Therefore, he ordered a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the next of kin of the victim".
The boy was playing along with the footpath late in the evening when the car allegedly drove over him. The convoy reportedly did not stop for the victim's aid after the incident.
The boy died on the spot. The police registered a case of rash and negligent driving against unknown people on the basis of the complaint of victim's father Vishwanath. (ANI)