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MOB FURY: Irate public damaging the private bus in Shimoga on Wednesday after it ran over a youth.
MOB FURY: Irate public damaging the private bus in Shimoga on Wednesday after it ran over a youth.

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Appeal to regulate movement of private buses Appeal to regulate movement of private buses

SHIMOGA: Tension prevailed in Vinoba Nagar here after a youth was run over by a private bus near the SUDA Complex on Wednesday.

Sources said that Manohar (24), son of a cement dealer Palakshappa, who was riding a two-wheeler, tried to overtake an autorickshaw and was knocked down by the bus coming in the opposite direction. Manohar died on the spot.

Incensed by the accident, nearly 3,000 irate people damaged the bus. The bus driver fled the scene. The mob pelted stones on the bus and was about to set it on fire when the police arrived on the scene and brought the situation under control. They resorted to a mild lathi-charge to disperse the mob.

Police force deployed

Deputy Commissioner T.K. Anilkumar and Superintendent of Police Arun Chakravarthy visited the spot and pacified the people. Police force was deployed in the area as a precautionary measure.

The Vinoba Nagar city buses were terminated at the Lakshmi Talkies in view of the incident.

The accident has brought into sharp focus the urgent need to regulate movement of private buses. Apart from rash and negligent driving, the conduct of the crew of private buses have also come under public criticism.

Former MP and Congress leader Ayanur Manjunath toldpresspersons that it was because of the failure of the Regional Transport Office (RTO) to regulate private bus operators that road accidents were on the rise.

He urged the Deputy Commissioner, who is the Chairman of the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) to immediately withdraw private buses and press into service KSRTC buses.

He said that of the 56 private city buses, at least 50 were unfit to be run as city buses. "Fitness certificates are bring issued by authorities concerned without going into the actual condition of the buses," he said.

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