Two days after Karnataka Home and Transport Minister R. Ashok assured women passengers of safety, a 23-year-old civil engineer from Bhutan was allegedly molested by a conductor of a Volvo bus operated by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) over a trivial issue on Wednesday morning.
The victim was on her way to work with her elder sister from Kammanahalli to Marathalli, where the duo was working.
The incident occurred when the conductor allegedly passed comments at them while issuing ticket. When the duo objected, he allegedly misbehaved with them and abused them in front of the other passengers.
Though the two sisters were irritated with his behaviour and tried to get down from the bus, the conductor allegedly prevented them from alighting from the bus.
They, however, got down at Tin factory in K.R. Puram and started walking, when the conductor allegedly rushed towards them and allegedly dragged one of the victims by her hair into the bus and closed the doors before he allegedly molested her.
Shocked by this, the other victim ran to her rescue but the bus started moving. The victim finally managed to get her sister out by standing in front of the bus.
The duo later called up the police and even filed a complaint with the BMTC grievance cell seeking action against the conductor and the driver.
Refuting the allegation, BMTC Chief Traffic Manager Nagaraj said the two passengers misbehaved with the conductor and abused him over a trivial row.
“We have conducted enquiries and even spoke to the other passengers to find about the incident, but we have not found any dereliction of duty on the part of the staff,” the chief traffic manager said.
He further said that the corporation was conducting a detailed probe on this issue to take necessary action.