Clus­ter bus con­duc­tor mo­lests mi­nor

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - SPECIAL -

NEW DELHI: A 16-year-old girl was mo­lested by an off-duty con­duc­tor on board a clus­ter bus on Satur­day evening, po­lice said. She was al­legedly try­ing to reach a chil­dren's home to es­cape con­stant abuse by her step­mother.

Po­lice said the vic­tim — the lone pas­sen­ger aboard the bus which was run­ning on the Khyala-Jal Vi­har route — was sub­jected to lewd re­marks be­fore be­ing mo­lested. The ac­cused was later iden­ti­fied as Ran­jeet Singh, 32.

The tor­ture lasted for hal­fan-hour even as its on-duty con­duc­tor and driver looked on. It was only af­ter a po­lice­man, posted at a picket on cen­tral Delhi's Tansen Marg, flagged down the bus around 11pm that it ended.

"The girl left her house in west Delhi's Raghu­bir Na­gar and boarded the bus around 10.15pm, which at that time had four to five pas­sen­gers. She was hop­ing to get into a chil­dren's home in La­j­pat Na­gar," said an of­fi­cer.

Around 11pm, Singh, who was go­ing to La­j­pat Na­gar, boarded the bus from Moti Na­gar. "The vic­tim told us that Singh started con­sum­ing liquor and mak­ing lewd re­marks. When the bus reached RML Hospi­tal around 11.30pm, he be­gan mo­lest­ing her," the of­fi­cer said.

When the 16-year-old broke down, the bus's con­duc­tor Te­jveer in­ter­vened and asked Singh to step away from the vic­tim and sit in the op­po­site aisle. Fif­teen min­utes later, the bus was stopped at the Tansen Marg near Mandi House. "Af­ter the con­sta­ble spot­ted her cry­ing, Singh, along with the driver and con­duc­tor, were de­tained for ques­tion­ing," said the of­fi­cer.

Singh was pro­duced at a city court on Sun­day af­ter­noon and sent to 12 days' ju­di­cial cus­tody. The driver, Prahlad Singh, Te­jveer and the ac­cused have been sus­pended from duty in­def­i­nitely.

The bus on which the in­ci­dent hap­pened has been im­pounded.

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