Youth crushed to death, irate mob torches bus in Punjab

January 2nd, 2009 - 11:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Dera Bassi (Punjab), Jan 2 (IANS) A Volvo bus contracted to the state transport department was torched by an irate mob on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway near here late Friday evening after it crushed a motorcyclist to death, the police said.”The recklessly driven bus crushed a motorcycle rider while he was taking a turn. The deceased has been identified as 26-year-old Jasbir Singh, resident of Bhankarpur village near here,” Mohali police chief Jatinder Singh Aulakh told IANS.

Jasbir died on the spot while the driver and conductor of the bus fled from the scene.

The agitated people gathered at the accident spot and blocked the road, leading to a traffic jam on the busy Chandigarh-Ambala highway for hours.

The mob included hundreds of residents of Bhankarpur village near Dera Bassi town, around 20 km from Chandigarh.

After forcing the bus passengers to alight, the mob started pelting stones at the bus and then set it on fire.

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