Mangaluru: Mentally ill youth steals city bus, drives all the way to Udupi

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (MS) 

Mangaluru, Oct 7: In a bizarre incident that occurred in the city, a youth, said to be mentally sick, stole a parked bus from Ullal and drove all the way to Udupi. The owner of the bus called up his friends in Udupi and the bus was stopped at Santhekatte by the police. No case stands filed in this matter as the youth, who did this strange act, is said to be suffering from mental illness. 

Niphaz (20) stole the bus that runs service between State Bank and Ullal. This bus was parked in the night at a local service station in Ullal. Niphaz, who works in the service station, stole the bus and drove it towards Udupi.


The said bus was parked on the night of Saturday near the bus stand adjacent to Ullal town municipality. All the buses plying to Ullal are parked in this same bus stand. The drivers generally keep the ignition key of the bus under the driver's seat as the cleaner of the bus requires the same to clean it in the morning. The cleaners of other city buses that were parked in the same area were cleaning the buses till late in the night as Sunday was Ayudha Pooja for the buses. They had left at around 3 am in the morning. However, when the cleaner of bus belonging to A R Travels came in the morning at around 5.30 am to clean the bus, to his utter surprise, the bus was missing. 

The cleaner of A R Travels bus immediately informed that matter to the driver of the bus Latif, who in turn conveyed the issue to the owner of the bus. When the owner of the bus contacted the police, he was shocked to hear from the police that the bus was moving on Udupi route. Accordingly, the friends of bus owner stopped the bus at Santhekatte and handed over the same to Udupi police. 

Niphaz, the youth who drove the bus from Ullal to Udupi, was brought to Ullal by the Ullal police with the help of the owner of the bus. The bus has been damaged at several places as the Niphaz hit the bus to the road dividers at several areas. 

Niphaz had called up his father as he was driving the bus towards Udupi and told him that he was going to a holy place. When his father asked him how he was going, he said that he was going by bus. Niphaz's father immediately called the Ullal police and informed the same to them. This helped the police to track the bus. 

Dilraj Alva, president of Dakshina Kannada Bus Owners' Association said, "Theft of the batteries and diesel from parked city buses take place since a long time. Now people have gone to the extent of stealing the bus itself. Suitable inquiry needs to be done in this case. Bus owners have to be alert also."


Comment on this article

  • Jossey Saldanha, Atlanta

    Mon, Oct 7 2019

    We are grateful to the Almighty that Niphaz didn't commit any major Accident ...

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Mon, Oct 7 2019

    Strange !!! Can a sensible humans, believe this concocted tale ??? An unstable man, driving a huge bus from Ullal, to Udupi, without a major accident ??? The police must investigate this very interesting and intelligent man, motive..The owners of all buses, are henceforth, advised to chain the wheels of their vehicles, lest it get stolen or sold in the scrapyard !!!!!!

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  • Jossy Tauro, Mangalore /Abudhabi

    Mon, Oct 7 2019

    I am wondering how can a mentally challenged person can drive the bus safely so long distance And he also working in a service station ..World is going is wrong direction. Only God can show his mercy and save us

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  • S Shetty, Tulunaad

    Mon, Oct 7 2019

    Some People are claiming that after 2014 things like above started happening, Two things,

    1. No one is concerned about the poor fellow did the above act, let the guy get well soon.

    2. Oh yeah I can see that from many of the comments that some people are not stable after 2014, that 100% true some of them acting weird, even they should get well soon, prayers are with them.

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  • Naveen, Bangalore

    Mon, Oct 7 2019

    Have to say thank you to the cops who bought the bus to a safe stop. I hope there were no mishaps on the way.

    If he is capable of driving a bus may be he should be one and I am sure his illness might disappear.

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Mon, Oct 7 2019

    "After 2014, people are becoming mental everyday..."
    With the exception of Bhakts .
    They have high hopes that ' Every dark cloud has a silver lining. '

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  • abdul munim, mangaluru

    Mon, Oct 7 2019

    Thank God he did not hit any other vehicle or pedestrians.

    After 2014 mental sickness has increased in the country due to poverty and falling economy. After GST and demonetization don't ask. Suicide and mental sickness are rampant.

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  • Vishu, Udupi

    Mon, Oct 7 2019

    Main nikla, o bus leke. O raste par, o sadak mein. kuch divider ayaa, main ...tok dala….

    (Ullal to Udupi ek drive katha !)

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Mon, Oct 7 2019

    What about cow vigilant who thrash/lynch people and also moral police who do unauthorized acts of torture on others?

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Mon, Oct 7 2019

    Appears that this man also a relative of that driver...🤔

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  • Sunil Kumar, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 7 2019

    Terrorism have no religion

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  • Kumar, Kinnigoli

    Mon, Oct 7 2019


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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Mon, Oct 7 2019

    @ Sunil Kumar, Mangalore

    Sir, you are 100% correct.., let me add on to say the least that.... TERRORISM also has no COLOUR...!!!!
    Let me enjoy my tea..., though the colour of the tea is nothing to with TERRORISM...,

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