A woman was run over by a Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) bus near Sector 10-11-15-16 roundabout on Tuesday.
Nayagaon resident Sharmila, 35, who was riding a scooter, died after her head was crushed under the bus wheel. The incident took place around 2.30 pm.
Sharmila was travelling on the Sector 10-11 dividing road and took the slip road ahead of Government Home Science College. The moment Sharmila took the dividing road of Sector 10-16, she collided with the bus and was dragged, following which her head was crushed under the rear wheel of the bus.
The bus driver made an attempt to run from the spot, but youngsters who were present at the spot nabbed him.
Ravit, a resident of Sector 45, and his friend Akash Ghai claimed that they caught the driver.
Bus driver Balbir Singh was arrested, but was later released on bail. He was booked under sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC at the Sector 3 police station.
College student Kapoor, who was present on the spot, said he called up the police control room (PCR). The PCR vehicle came within a few minutes, but the area police station staff gave a delayed response.
Kapoor alleged that the police did not make much effort to save her life, even though government hospital, Sector 16, was a few metres away. A precious life could have been saved had the police acted swiftly.
Last year, 16-year-old Anupama Sarkar had died after her leg was crushed under a CTU bus in Sector 18.
CTU director TPS Pholka said an inquiry had been marked to know the reality behind the accident. The incident was unfortunate and steps were being taken to check the occurrence of accidents.
Her husband died recently
The husband of Sharmila, who worked as a volunteer at the Red Cross Society, Sector 11, died recently. The inconsolable relatives said Sharmila's husband had died in a road mishap at Manimajra six months back. Sharmila is survived by two sons, who are studying in Class 10 and 11. She along with her children was staying at her brother's house at Nayagaon.