Two hurt as Badal bus hits motorcycle near Bathinda
Two men were injured when a bus of the Dabwali Transport Company, a firm co-owned by Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, hit a motorcycle on the Bathinda-Chandigarh road near Bhucho, about 12km from here, on Thursday.
The injured were identified as Jasbir Singh, 40, a resident of Rampura Phul, and Ram Singh, 32, of Kothe Mehraj village, near here.
The incident occurred around noon when a Mercedes Benz bus (registration number PB-04P-0525) on the way to Chandigarh from Bathinda hit the motorcycle from the rear. Soon, people gathered on the spot and started smashing windowpanes of the bus. They also beat up the driver and conductor. Police arrived and prevented the mob from causing more damage to the bus.
The injured duo preferred not to lodge a complaint with the police. They not only refused to talk to the media at the local civil hospital but also covered their faces so as to avoid being clicked by photographers.
A relative of one of the injured said the local police were bearing their medical expenses, adding that they were not keen on submitting a complaint.
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP), Bathinda rural, Harmik Singh Deol said a case had been registered against unidentified persons for damaging the bus and beating up the driver and conductor. He added that the driver had not been booked as no complaint was received from the motorcyclists.