Bus conductor set ablaze by gang, dies in hospital
A 25-year-old private bus conductor, who was set ablaze by a gang, died today at the Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) at Madurai after battling for five days.
Police said a three-member gang identified as Velraj, C Appathurai and V Perumalraj in an inebriated condition boarded the bus which was proceeding to Tirunelveli from Kovilpatti on May 20. The conductor T Selva had forced the quartet to get down midway after they travelled on the footboard and misbehaved with fellow passengers. Enraged over this, the gang procured petrol in a pet bottle and chased the bus in an auto rickshaw. Their accomplice Pon Izakki joined them in midway.
By the time, the bus reached the new bus stand at Tirunelveli. The four-member-gang attacked the bus conductor, doused him with petrol and set him afire. The public caught three members of the gang and handed them over to the police, while Pon Izakki managed to escape.
Selva, who sustained critical burn injuries, was admitted to the Government Medical College Hospital at Tirunelveli and later shifted to the Burns Ward at GRH. Despite intense treatment, Selva succumbed to burn injuries. Tirunelveli Town Police converted the case into a murder case and were investigating.
(Posted on 24-05-2014)