The Punjab police on Thursday arrested all the four accused, including the bus conductor, who were involved in the molestation of a 13-year-old girl who died after being 'pushed off' a moving bus near Gill village, here on Wednesday evening.
The girl, a resident of Landheke village in district, died on the spot after she along with her mother were 'thrown out' off the bus after she resisted the molestation bid.
Earlier, the police had registered case under Section 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) against the bus driver, conductor along with others.
According to the police, the 34-year-old mother, had boarded the bus along with her daughter from Moga to visit her relatives. As soon as the bus reached near Gill village, some miscreants started molesting the girl. The girl along with her mother raised the alarm and complained to the bus driver and conductor who did not come to their help and they 'jumped off' the bus to resist the molestation bid.
However, speaking with HT, the woman alleged that she along with her daughter were thrown out of the moving bus.
Eyewitness account of passengers on the bus indicated that the mother and daughter were subjected to molestation and lewd remarks by some youth and the bus staff after they boarded it.
When both of them, travelling with a boy, tried to get off the bus, the driver increased the speed.
"No one on the bus came to the rescue of the victims. There were not many passengers in the bus when the incident happened," an eyewitness told police.
Interestingly, the bus belongs to Orbit Aviation, which is owned by Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal.
Condemning the incident, Aam Aadmi Party Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann said that every driver of the bus think off himself as Sukhbir Badal. Meanwhile, Punjab Congress has demanded filing of an FIR against Sukhbir Badal.
Calling the incident infortunate, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said that such incidents take place in other buses as well. However, he agreed that bus service belonged to his son and deputy CM's company.
As the incident took a huge political turn, Lok Sabha was also adjourned briefly as Congress and AAP members from Punjab stormed the Well on the issue.