Begin typing your search above and press return to search.

Girl dies after being thrown from Badal family's bus

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  1 May 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Moga/Chandigarh, April 30: The death of a 13-year-old Dalit girl after she and her mother were pushed out of a speeding bus for protesting against their molestation on Thursday sparked outrage in Punjab, with the opposition demanding action against the ruling Badal family which owned the bus.

The incident took place Wednesday evening near Moga town, 180 km from here. The bus belongs to Orbit Aviation Company which is owned by Punjab Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and his wife and union minister Harsimrat Badal.

The victim, Arshdeep Kaur, was declared brought dead at the Moga civil hospital while her mother, Shinder Kaur, was admitted in a serious condition.

Shinder Kaur told the media from her hospital bed that they complained about the molestation to the bus driver but he mocked at them and started speeding the vehicle. She alleged that they (daughter and mother) were pushed out of the moving bus by the molesters.

Punjab Director General of Police Sumedh Singh Saini said in Moga that three people, including the driver, conductor and cleaner of the bus, were arrested.

They have been booked for murder, attempt to murder, molestation and crime done with common intention. The case was registered against the bus conductor Sukhwinder Singh and helper Gurdeep Singh.

Saini said a probe into the incident will be conducted by Inspector General of Police Gurpreet Kaur Deo.

Passengers on the bus indicated that the mother and daughter were subjected to molestation and lewd remarks by some people and the bus staff after they boarded it.

When both tried to get off the bus, the driver increased the speed. Her minor son was allowed to alight from the bus after a little distance.

“No one on the bus came to the rescue of the victims. There were not many passengers in the bus when the incident happened,” an eyewitness told police.

Embarrassed by the incident involving the staff of a bus owned by his son Sukhbir Badal, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said he was “deeply pained” by the incident. (ians)

Next Story