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Tapa Mandi mourns death of trader killed by Orbit bus

BB Goyal  Barnala, April 01, 2014
First Published: 11:56 IST(1/4/2014) | Last Updated: 11:58 IST(1/4/2014)

Markets of Tapa Mandi wore a deserted look on Monday in response to bandh call given by various social and religious organisations as a mark of protest against the death of a local trader, Ramesh Kumar.

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He was killed when a bus registered with the Orbit Aviation Pvt Ltd rammed into his scooter on Sunday evening.

The bandh remained peaceful while people mourned the untimely death of Kumar.

Family and friends bid adieu to Kumar with teary eyes at cremation ground in Tapa Mandi.

Soon after the incident, angry protesters had pelted stones on the bus resulting in damage to a front and a side glass. The police parked the bus in the police lines, Barnala, to avoid further damage to the bus as it belonged to the ruling party.

In a similar incident in February this year, a bus registered with the Orbit had rammed into a motorcycle, killing a woman at Harigarh village on the Bathinda-Chandigarh national highway. Furious villagers had set the bus on fire.

Ramesh Pal, a local Congress leader, said, "The family of the deceased has been a well to do family. They have not demanded any financial assistance or job for the kin."

"Orbit buses usually ply with high speed and pose a danger. We are never safe. Orbits are killers for us," Pal alleged.

Driver of the bus had fled from the spot. DSP Tapa Harvinder Singh Virk said, "The driver, Sabar Khan, has been arrested on Monday morning."Chief minister Prakash Singh Badal was slated to address a rally here on Monday, which was cancelled in view of the mishap in the town.

He also said only 4 percent of cases pending for the last five years were before the various courts in Punjab and Haryana and efforts were on to decrease the number of litigations in the near future.

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