One killed in Delhi, Blueline toll climbs to 72
One man is killed and another critically injured when their motorcycle was hit by a Blueline bus near the Akshardham temple in east Delhi on Saturday.Updated: Aug 18, 2007 20:16 IST
One man was killed and another critically injured when their motorcycle was hit by a Blueline bus near the Akshardham temple in east Delhi on Saturday, as the toll of accidents involving privately operated buses in the capital rose to 72 this year.
The mishap occurred at around 8.40 am when the bus, plying on Route No 469 between Ambedkar Nagar and Anand Vihar, hit the motorcycle from behind near the Akshardham temple, close to the Mayur Vihar area flyover.
Bike rider Rizawan, 24, died on the spot, while pillion rider Tarik Malik, 24, was injured and rushed to a private hospital in Ghaziabad. His condition was said to be critical.
The duo from neighbouring Uttar Pradesh had come to the city on work.
Police said driver of the bus managed to flee the spot.
According to an eyewitness, the driver lost control of the bus, possibly due to brake failure, and hit the bike. The bus dragged the motorbike rider for a few metres after he came under the wheels.
"Some commuters sitting in the bus also received minor injuries, but they were treated on the spot and discharged," he said.
Many of the bus passengers suspected the driver was drunk and not fit to be at the wheels. After the accident police found some beer bottles in the bus.
"Though we have recovered the beer bottles from the bus, we can't say that the driver was under the influence of alcohol till he is arrested. We have impounded the bus and search is on to nab him," a senior police official said.
There are some 4,000 privately operated Blueline buses in the capital, forming a crucial part of its public transport.
However, with little regard for passenger safety, over-speeding, and untrained staff, many of them have been involved in fatal accidents and they have earned the epithet of "killer buses".
These buses were responsible for 100 deaths last year while the toll this year has risen to 72 even as public uproar two months ago prompted the government to screen such buses for fitness. State-run Delhi Transport Corp (DTC) buses too have been responsible for 27 deaths this year.
First Published: Aug 18, 2007 17:11 IST