Bangalore-Hyderabad bus tragedy: Driver, travel company owner arrested

Bangalore-Hyderabad bus tragedy: Driver, travel company owner arrested

Hyderabad, Oct 31 (PTI):
A day after the tragic mishap in Mahabubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh, in which 45 passengers of a Volvo bus were burnt alive after it caught fire, police today arrested the owner of the bus operator company and its driver.

Owner of Jabbar Travels, Shakeel Jabbar and driver Feroze were arrested from Kothakota in Mahabubnagar district, Wanaparthy DSP Srinivas Reddy told PTI over phone.

The owner and the driver were booked under various sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Motor Vehicles Act, he said.

The owner failed to have a second driver in the bus, allowed excess passengers, failed to maintain a list of passengers and allowed unaccounted-for cargo, the DSP said.

Initial probe revealed that driver Feroze jumped out when the bus burst into flames, leaving the passengers to their fate, Reddy said. While Fayaz, the helper, raised alarm after seeing flames and saved some of the passengers, getting burn injuries himself in the process.

Forty-five passengers, including a baby girl, were charred to death and seven others were injured when the luxury bus was engulfed in flames near Palem village early hours yesterday.

Fifty-two persons including 50 passengers were travelling in the ill-fated Volvo bus.Bangalore-based Jabbar Travels had leased the bus, which has Andhra Pradesh number plate and sitting capacity of 43 2.



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  • AndersonSmith, Singapore

    Thu, Mar 13 2014

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Fri, Nov 1 2013

    Arresting the bus owner may not be the real solution but we need to find out ways and means to do justice to the dependants of the passengers who lost their life in this miserable tragedy.Hope the needful being done without fail.Thanq.

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  • Joe D'Souza, Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 1 2013

    Always there is a reason why things happen. Bus or truck meets with accident,the reason is always brake fails. When a people elected Minister or higher Authority Govt. Official gets arrested their Heart fails,so that instead of going to jail,they end up in hospital.
    So this time a reason may be tire failure. The law says that Passenger buses cannot carry Cargo. But every passenger bus comes to city from Bombay or Bangalore or elsewhere loaded with cargo. RTO will not do anything even if million people file a complain.
    Now a new trend is started through out India. High End-High Speed cars have their Registration Plates Painted with smallest letters. This way in case of hit and run,their Registration Number will be Hard to Read. When I spoke to RTO regarding this problem,He was pretending like He has no knowledge about it. Looks like He uses Helicopter to transit. When I spoke to a Traffic Police,He pointed out that a Ministers Brother does the same.

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  • Sunil, Bangalore

    Fri, Nov 1 2013

    So many innocent lives were snuffed out for no fault of theirs. If there had been an additional driver as stipulated by the RTO, probably they have would have been alive today. As per Rule, journey over 500 kms should have two drivers. The bus owner, just to save a few rupees, has managed the route with only one driver. God give strength to the families of the deceased.

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  • JNB, Bejai

    Fri, Nov 1 2013

    If they can not get anyone,
    They will not hesitate to arrest chairmen of 'VOLVO' too
    It is the process.

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  • M Y Bhandary, udupi

    Fri, Nov 1 2013

    During peak season, the luxury buses, particularly, Volvo buses are extensively put to use, without any break or rest. Not only day to day maintenance is not done, even regular preventive maintenance is also not done. The drivers are forced to drive continuoulsy with out any break - all these factors tell on the bus and the staff. If a log book is maintained, these issues will come to light.

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  • Raj, Udupi

    Fri, Nov 1 2013

    If the driver showed 5% percent of courage it would have saved some more passengers.......These people can show their courage only for bad deeds.....Shame on him.

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  • Sunil D'Souza, Mumbai / Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 1 2013

    Police just want to tell their bosses that they have taken some action. And the owner of the bus and driver become the scape goats. I think it would be wiser to start an indepth investigation by the police forensics and bus manufacturer on the cause of this explosion since there are thousands of such B17R buses plying between M'lore , B'lore and H'Bad. Hope they dont come out with the same old excuse of "Short Circuit" when they are inconclusive on things.

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  • fardeen, udupi

    Fri, Nov 1 2013

    which is this new model of volvo bus B17R?

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Fri, Nov 1 2013

    Kyaa Phaydaa?
    Seems the bus does not have proper documents including third party insurance....AND WE HAVE some politicos shouting everything is in order...the culprits should be brought to book and punished heavily....and made an example.
    but will the bereaved get their loved one back?

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  • Romo Pinto, Mangalore/US

    Fri, Nov 1 2013

    In future one should carry hammer along with him while travelling in Indian AC/volvo buses

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