BMTC bus driver suspended for thrashing biker in Bengaluru

A bus driver of the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) was suspended Thursday after a viral video showed him thrashing a bike rider in a road rage incident on Tuesday near Yelahanka.

In his complaint to the Yelahanka New Town police, 44-year-old Sandeep Boniface said he received injuries on his ribs, legs and face. He also told the police that his wife, Laura, a Canadian national, was riding pillion at the time.

His complaint to the police read, “We were sandwiched between the two buses and disturbed by the continuous honking. I gave way to the driver. Suddenly, the driver got down from the bus and assaulted me. He took the bike key and snatched the phone. When I got into the bus, he once again assaulted me.” The two buses were racing, Boniface told the police.

In a counter complaint on Wednesday, the driver of the bus, Anand PB (29), said Boniface made an offensive gesture using his finger, which led to an argument. A police officer said, “Both have assaulted each other. Notices have been issued to both and they will be called for questioning in two days.”

In a video that has been doing the rounds on social media since Thursday, the driver was seen assaulting the biker even as his wife screamed for help. They were traveling on a Pulsar motorcycle in the Puttenahalli region of Yelahanka New Town in north east Bengaluru.

In his complaint, Boniface claimed to have gestured to Anand at one point near the Kanti Sweets store to go ahead, but he stopped the bus, jumped out and allegedly hit him.

Anand, who was assigned to drop employees of Switch Mobility, a private firm, claimed that Boniface had abused him loudly in Hindi. He also claimed to have been followed into the bus by Boniface when he attempted to park the vehicle at the roadside.

He claimed that he had taken the bus along with Boniface and his wife to a local depot to report the matter to BMTC officials.

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