Tension prevailed at the new KSRTC bus-stand in Hassan city following a teenager’s death after being hit by a bus on Wednesday. Angry youths stoned buses following the incident.
The police said R. Rajesh (14), an eighth standard student of C.K.S. High School in the city, was sitting in a chair on the platform waiting for a bus to return to his village, Dodda Kanagal, in Alur taluk around 3.30 p.m., when the bus, which had returned from Bylahalli, hit him.
According to eyewitnesses, the bus hit the boy and rammed an enquiry cabin.
The boy succumbed to injuries on the spot within a few minutes and the driver fled the place. Another student sustained minor injuries in the accident.
A large number of students who were at the bus-stand launched a protest. Many of them pelted stones at buses.
Police personnel, led by Assistant Superintendent of Police Ida Martin Marbanyang, had a tough time restoring order. They resorted to “mild” lathi-charge. Normalcy returned by around 5 p.m.
Divisional Controller of the KSRTC Santosh Kumar Shetty told The Hindu that the driver, Puneet Kumar, would be suspended, pending inquiry. The corporation would provide a relief of Rs. 15,000 to the boy’s family as an immediate measure.
The Hassan Extension police have registered a case.