Another day, another death — the culprit again, a Blueline. These private-run buses seem well on course to expose the government's fitness drive 'farce' carried out last month. A Blueline (Route 469, from Ambedkar Nagar to Anand Vihar bus terminus) hit a motorcyclist near Akshardham flyover on Saturday morning, crushed the rider and dragged him some distance, and injured the pillion, police and eyewitnesses said.
On July 25, the Transport Department had declared this rouge bus fit to be on the road during its fitness drive. A spot check by
revealed the bus' speed governor was tampered with and the accelerator was moving freely, which is a major permit condition violation. A few empty beer bottles were kept under a seat in the driver's cabin, police said. "The passengers told us that the driver, who is absconding, was not in control of the bus," said an officer.
Rizwan, 24, who lived in West Vinod Nagar, was returning home along with his cousin Mohammad Tariq on a motorcycle, police said. At about 8.55 am, the Blueline hit his motorcycle from behind on NH-24, just before the flyover, police said.
Babu Ram, an eyewitness, said, "The bike's driver came under the bus' front left wheel and was dragged some 20m. The bus' driver then jumped off and made away despite police presence at a nearby traffic police booth."
Rizwan worked as a field executive with BSES, Karkardooma, and hailed from Madhya Pradesh's Pilibhit. He used to live with his cousin Farhan. His two real brothers are based in Delhi, police said.
Rizwan's body was crushed badly and he was rushed to Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, where he was declared brought dead, police said. The pillion, Tariq, was taken to Ghaziabad's Santosh Hospital with serious injuries.
Rizwan's cousin Farhan said, "Tariq was visiting us from Bareilly. The two had gone to visit a friend in Okhla last night."
Rizwan's body was handed to his brothers in the afternoon, police said. The bus had been impounded but the driver was absconding till late evening, police said.