Two people were injured after an over-speeding bus of Jujhar Bus Company allegedly hit their motorcycle at Bharat Nagar Chowk around 11am on Thursday. The bus driver fled from the spot, leaving behind the victims critically injured.
The injured, identified as Abhimanyu (50) and Jagdish Prasad (38) of Janta Nagar, were on their way to the new court complex for hearing of a case.
The passers-by, with the help of 108 ambulance, rushed the injured to a civil hospital, where the left leg of Abhimanyu had to be amputated.
The Division Number Police 5 police have seized the bus and lodged an FIR against bus driver Narinder Singh.
The police have registered a case under Sections 279 (reckless driving), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Narinder.
The police have launched a manhunt to nab the accused.
The bus belongs to Gurdeep Singh Jujhar, who is said to be a close aide of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.
Sub-inspector Pawan Kumar, additional station house officer (SHO) at Police Station Division Number 5 said the incident occurred in the morning when the duo was going to the new court complex. He added that traffic was also disrupted in the area for some time.
Local shopkeepers said the driver fled from the spot after the accident and left behind the bus. They said that in the race of carrying more passengers, the bus drivers often drove recklessly, adding that such mishaps were a routine affair here due to the competition between the bus operators.