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Bangalore: A conductor was arrested for allegedly confining a female commuter in a bus, parked outside the Yelahanka police station on Wednesday evening. The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) employee was booked for wrongful confinement and intentional insult on Thursday only after the young woman’s post went viral on social media.
In her post, initially accessible to the public, the woman gave details of the harrowing time she spent locked up in the bus, and claimed that it was done with the knowledge of the police. But in a counter complaint, the conductor told the police that he took this action after he was assaulted by the woman’s male friend who fled the scene.
The incident took place around 6.30 p.m. on Wednesday inside the bus on route number 402B (Yelahanka Satellite Town 5th Phase to Kempegowda Bus Stand).
Altercation turned serious
In the Facebook post, which she later removed, she said her friend, who is from the North East, was standing next to her while she was seated in the section reserved for women passengers.
She wrote that “the conductor started to pick a fight with my north-eastern friend and began to abuse him for standing by my side in the middle section of the bus.”
As the altercation became more serious, the fight moved outside the bus where she said that the conductor began to “poke and push my friend who pushed back and made the conductor fall”. She claimed that when her friend saw an angry crowd gather, he fled. The conductor and the driver then took the bus to Yelahanka police station where all the passengers disembarked and the victim was allegedly locked inside. Despite her pleas, they refused to let her out. After being detained, allegedly for 45 minutes, she met the inspector at the police station, who did not give a comment when contacted.
Boy was sitting in a reserved seat
Speaking to The Hindu , Deputy Commissioner, Harsha, said the conductor had objected to the girl’s boyfriend sitting on a seat reserved for women. “He had an argument with the boy who assaulted him and fled from the vehicle. In order to initiate legal proceedings, the bus was driven to the Yelahanka police station where the conductor locked the woman inside the bus and police came and guided her into the station.”
Even though Ahuja refused to pursue her complaint, the police have taken up the matter based on her post and have booked the conductor under Sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 504 (intentional insult) and apprehended him. Following the conductor’s complaint, police are searching for the boyfriend.