A New Deep Transport company bus owned by an Akali leader ran over a boy’s legs at Kotkapura on Saturday evening after knocking him off his scooter.
The bus driver fled after the accident. The boy, Lovepreet (18), was moved to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College here, where doctors brought him out of danger but said they were worried about his legs. Protesters from Kotkapura blocked traffic on the Bathinda road after the incident and smashed two buses of the company owned by Hardeep Singh ‘Dimpy’ Dhillon, Shiromani Akali Dal’s Gidderbaha constituency in-charge and District Planning Committee chairman.
Politics took over thereafter, as the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress staged separate demonstrations. Police had to come over and pacify both. The agitators wanted a criminal case against transport Dhillon. “We will register it after recording the victim’s statement,” said deputy superintendent of police (DSP) SS Brar.
The private buses of Akali leaders are virtual killers on the loose. Last December, New Deep buses killed a girl in Lambi and another in Ferozepur. In Moga last April, a girl (13) molested aboard a moving Orbit bus of the Badal family of Punjab died after being thrown out along with her mother.