As the police fail to arrest the fleeing driver of a private school bus which crushed to death two students Lovepreet Kaur and Sandeep Kaur of the government high school of Mahla Kalan near Hariewala village in the district on Friday, hundreds of residents of Hariewala, Mahla Kalan, Natthuwala, Nahla Khurd and other nearby villages blocked the Mudki-Barnala state highway near Baghapurana for four hours on Sunday.
The protesters raised anti-police slogans and demanded immediate arrest of the driver and the conductor, who had fled from site of the accident.
A case had been registered against bus driver Rupinder Singh, a resident of Kothe Gurupura village, at Baghapurana police station on the statement of Jaswinder Singh, father of deceased Lovepreet on the day of the accident, but no arrest has been made so far.
Jaswinder Singh alleged, "The police have been working under political pressure, therefore they have not arrested him so far. He was working with Giani Gurbachan Singh Khalsa School of Bhaloor village. If police failed to do their job, we would start an agitation for justice."
Jagga Singh, sarpanch, Hariewala village, said, "Though the school bus has claimed two lives, but the police administration has not started any drive to inspect school buses to find out that their drivers have valid driving licences as well as valid permits. We would meet higher authorities of the district on Monday in connection with the issue and seeking early arrest of the driver."
Jatinder Singh, station house officer of Baghapurana police station, said, "A special police team has been formed for nabbing the culprits under the supervision of Karamjit Singh, in charge of the Natthu Wala police post and I hope that the police will nab them soon."