Blueline bus claims another life

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: A day after the Delhi Government suspended the permits of 600 buses, a rashly driven Blueline bus mowed down an unidentified cyclist and seriously injured a young pedestrian at Sultanpuri here on Saturday. The erring driver has been arrested and sent to jail.

The accident took place around 9 a.m. when the bus plying on route no. 929 -- from Karol Bagh to Mubarakpur -- hit the cyclist and the boy. The vehicle came to a halt only after hitting a tree.

While the cyclist died on the spot, the other injured was taken to Sanjay Gandhi Hospital. He was identified as 17-year-old Manish, a resident of Sultanpuri. He is still unfit to give a statement to the police.

Bus driver Dhani Ram, who belongs to Sitamarhi in Bihar, has been arrested and a case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving has been registered against him at the Sultanpuri police station. The body of the cyclist has been kept in a mortuary for identification.

The police said they have already recommended cancellation of the bus permit.

This past Sunday, a 14-year-old boy was run over by a speeding Blueline bus at the Rajouri Garden traffic signal. The incident led to a huge public uproar forcing the State Government to announce that the killer Blueline buses would be phased out.

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