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Blueline bus mows down young man in Delhi

Delhi's privately operated Blueline buses continued in their ways on Thursday, as a young professional was killed under the wheels taking the toll this year to 67.

delhi Updated: Aug 02, 2007 19:02 IST

Regardless of the government crackdown, court orders and public uproar, Delhi's privately operated Blueline buses continued in their ways on Thursday, as a young professional was killed under the wheels taking the toll this year to 67.

Sachin Kapoor, 22, was crushed by a bus plying on Route No 429 between Old Delhi railway station and Nehru Place at around 11.30 am near Captain Gaur Marg in Lajpat Nagar of south Delhi.

Kapoor, who worked with computer training firm NIIT, was riding his motorbike to his office in Nehru Place when he was hit by the Blueline from behind.

He was rushed to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, where he succumbed to head and chest injuries.

Kapoor became 67th victim of Blueline buses this year.

Police said bus driver Balwant Singh was arrested from the spot and the bus was impounded.

"We have informed the victim's parents about the incident and the body will soon be handed over to them after the post-mortem examination," a police official said.

In a separate incident, a Blueline bus plying on Route No 355 between Anand Vihar and New Delhi injured a man while he was crossing the road near Sheila Cinema in Nabi Karim area of central Delhi.

The victim, Arjun, 35, was admitted to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital. He was stated to be recuperating.

According to an eyewitness, Arjun was injured after he appeared in front of the moving bus all of a sudden.

"The driver Munna had to apply emergency brakes after he suddenly jumped before the bus. Munna even rushed him to a hospital," the witness said on the condition of anonymity.

The police claimed Arjun was a drug addict. Munna has been arrested on a charge of rash and negligent driving.

"Arjun is a drug addict and he was not in a conscious state of mind when the incident occurred," a senior police official said.

Delhi is home to a fleet of 4,200 privately operated Blueline buses.

These buses have been involved in the death of 100 people last year, while 142 people died under their wheels in 2005. State-run buses too have been involved accidents - they have been responsible for 25 deaths this year.

A spate of fatal accidents involving Blueline buses in recent weeks have forced the Delhi government to take some safety measures and declare a substantial number of buses unfit.