The 17th of each month is turning out to be a nightmare for the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking. Three accidents involving CTU buses, including two fatal, have been reported consecutively on the 17th of each month since July. And, 17th of September ended up claiming the life of a cyclist near Sector 16 cricket stadium roundabout.
The victim, identified as Ram Bahadur, 54-year-old beldar with municipal corporation and a resident of Maloya, was killed after being hit by the JNNURM CTU bus when he was on way to his office in sector 17. The police registered a case under section 304-A of IPC against bus driver Malkiat Singh, resident of Ludhiana, who was arrested and released on bail.
Police said the incident occurred when the bus was coming from sector 22-23 dividing road and Bahadur was coming from Sector 16 on his cycle. The bus driver, police said, lost control over the vehicle and could not apply brakes when it reached the roundabout. The bus first crushed the cyclist and later hit the railing.
Soorajbhan, the victim's son, said it was clear negligence of the bus driver and sought strict action against the driver. Bahadur is survived by his widow and six children. CTU Director TPS Phoolka said inquiry has been marked against the driver, who has been working with CTU for 10 years.
Incidentally, Monday's fatal accident took place even as the CTU drivers have been undergoing a training session for the last two weeks. The programme was initiated following the involvement of CTU buses in accidents.
July 17: 16-year-old school student Anupama Sarkar's died after her leg got crushed under the wheels of a CTU bus in Sector 18. She was rushed to the Advanced Trauma Centre of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), but died in alleged absence of timely medical care.
August 17: A class 10 student of Sector 35 government school Puja sustained serious injuries and was admitted to the ICU of PGIMER after the cycle she was riding was hit by a CTU bus at Attawa.