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Ruckus on outskirts as killer bus runs over 2

ANGRY VILLAGERS torched a UPSRTC bus and created a ruckus on the Hardoi Road for over three hours shortly after the bus crushed two youths near Amrapali Park in Malihabad on Tuesday noon.

india Updated: Mar 22, 2006 00:05 IST

ANGRY VILLAGERS torched a UPSRTC bus and created a ruckus on the Hardoi Road for over three hours shortly after the bus crushed two youths near Amrapali Park in Malihabad on Tuesday noon.

Local politicians too played a vital role in inciting the mob. Since the entire police force was busy monitoring the Chehellum procession, the mob went on the rampage without check throwing traffic on the route out of gear. ASP Ajay Kumar was the only official there to pacify the irate mob as SDM Malihabad too was on leave.

Kabir (25) and Kaleem (24), both residents of Hemrapur village in Malihabad, were hit by a Hardoi-bound UPSRTC bus (UP 38 4229). The duo, who were on a motorcycle died on the spot following serious head injury.

The accident left the bus passengers scared. They started running away seeing mob of villagers assembling at the spot.

The erring driver also tried to flee but the local residents caught him and beat him up brutally. They would have lynched him but three constables and a sub-inspector at the local police station rescued him somehow.

The cops took the critically injured driver to the police station and later shifted him to a local hospital.

The irate mob then set the bus ablaze. They later blocked the Hardoi Road and pelted stones at other vehicles too.

The cops came to know of the incident over half-an-hour later. They immediate relieved ASP Ajay Kumar (who is also CO Malihabad) from the procession duty.

Talking to the HT, Ajay Kumar said it was sheer chaos at the spot. The troublemakers even assaulted some vehicle owners who tried to break the blockade.

The agitators did not allow the cops to take the bodies for the post-mortem examination and were demanding an ex-gratia for the kin of the deceased.

Majority of the agitators later agreed to the assurance given by the ASP but group of supporters related to local MLA Kaushal Kishore and an ex-minister Gauri Shanker refused to relent. These supporters incited the mob not to give in and continued the stir for another hour. The politicians too reached the scene later and instead of pacifying the agitators they forced the officials to release the ex-gratia immediately.

However, it was only after intervention of the kin of the deceased that the mob dispersed from the scene.

First Published: Mar 22, 2006 00:05 IST