Ropar accident protest against Badals' bus revs up opposition in Punjab

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Rupnagar
  • Updated: Jul 10, 2015 13:05 IST
Protestors blocking traffic on the national highway near Rupnagar on Friday. (HT Photo)

Traffic near Kurali on the Chandigarh-Ropar road was hit for the second day on Friday as villagers refused to relent, demanding a case be registered against the driver of a bus owned by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal's family for running over a scooterist on Thursday.

Two months after the Moga molestation case involving another bus owned by the ruling family in Punjab, Thursday's accident assumed political colour with leaders, including state Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa, headed for the protest site to demand the booking of the driver of Dabwali Transport Company.

More than 24 hours after scooterist Swaran Singh died on national highway 205 near his native Behrampur Zimidari village, hundreds of villagers and representatives of political parties kept up the pressure on the Punjab government to book the Badal company bus driver instead of a car driver that the police had registered a case against.

The protesters alleged that the police were shielding the bus driver despite eyewitness accounts and had falsely booked the car driver. They maintained that the bus had hit the scooter not the car. Swaran's cousin Rajinder Singh claimed that the deputy commissioner had also announced that the bus driver would be booked but the car driver had been implicated instead.

The protesters also demanded compensation for the deceased's family and a job for a kin.

Meanwhile, commuters were at the receiving end as traffic had to be diverted through other routes.

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