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PRTC bus runs over ex-armyman on elevated road in Ludhiana

Driver flees after mishap, leaving the bus behind; booked for rash driving and negligence; though entry of buses in city is banned during day time, the vehicle was plying illegally
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By HT Correspondent, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON OCT 01, 2019 10:31 PM IST

A retired armyman lost his life after a Punjab Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) bus plying illegally in the city area crushed him to death on the elevated road near
Jagraon Bridge on Tuesday afternoon.

After the accident, the bus driver fled the spot, leaving the vehicle behind.

Police have seized the bus but are yet to identify the
driver.

The victim has been identified as Jaspal Singh, 65, of New Subhash Nagar of Basti Jodhewal. He had retired from the Indian Army as a sepoy.

As per information, Jaspal was returning home from the pension office near Jagraon Bridge on a motorcycle when the speeding bus hit him from behind.

After falling off the bike, Jaspal came under the wheels of the bus and was crushed to death. Inspector Rajwant Singh, Division Number 1 station house officer, said a case under Sections of 279 (rash driving) and 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against unidentified the bus driver.

Police are in touch with the PRTC officials for identification of the bus driver.

TRAFFIC HIT

The flow of traffic around the Jagraon Bridge remained affected for at least two hours as the bus remained stationed at the accident spot.

The accident raised questions on the working of the traffic police despite the police commissioner’s orders to ban the entry of heavy vehicles such as buses and trucks in the city area during day time, the bus was plying in the area.

Assistant commissioner of police (ACP, traffic) Gurdev Singh said, “Buses and trucks are banned in the city area in the afternoon. Buses are supposed to reach Jalandhar Bypass via Samrala Chowk.”

He added that probe is on to establish how this bus investigating how the bus managed to reach Jagraon bridge.

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