KOCHI: Four people of a private bus company operating inter-state bus services have been taken into custody in connection with the alleged attack on three Bengaluru-bound passengers.
Employees of ‘Suresh Kallada’ travels thrashed two youth for seeking alternative arrangements after their vehicle broke down. They were heading for their workplace in Bangalore.
As per the report, the inter-state bus started their service at 10 pm on Saturday from Thiruvananthapuram and broke down near Karuvatta, Haripad.
After some time, the Haripad police came to the spot and found that the bus crew were being indifferent to the passengers. Passengers were worried about their safety and argued with Kallada management.
Police officers had convinced the bus operators to arrange another bus. When the driver was brought to the spot, the police officers had asked them to proceed.
The arguments started as the bus reached Vyttila around 4 am on Sunday. Four goons from Ernakulam barged in and started thrashing the passengers who raised their voices in Haripad.
The youth were dragged out of the bus as they tried to retaliate. The bus continued on its trip without them and the bus finally reached Bengaluru at 4.30 pm instead of its scheduled arrival.
The passengers who suffered injuries in the attack had informed the police in Maradu station soon after the incident. Later the police reached the spot in Vytilla and found the victims, later they were sent to Thrippunithura Taluk Hospital for medical attention.
The Kochi City police commissioner has ordered the seizure of the bus after visuals of the attack, shot by one of the passengers went viral on social media.
The DGP has instructed the Kochi City Police Commissioner to file a strong charge sheet against the employees after questioning the victims.
The Kerala Transport Minister A K Saseendran has asked the Transport Commissioner for a detail report regarding the incident.
The Transport Commissioner has promised to undertake strict action against the employees and the permit of the bus has been taken away.