Five more held for assault on bus passengers

Kerala Police on Tuesday arrested five more Suresh Kallada Tours and Travels employees for assaulting passengers on a Bengaluru-bound bus in the early hours of April 21.

According to the police, seven people have been arrested so far. Vishnu, Rajesh, Girilal, Kumar and Anvar were picked up. Jithin and Jayesh were arrested on Monday.

Robbery charges as per IPC section 392 were invoked, apart from IPC section 308 for attempt to commit culpable homicide and 506 for criminal intimidation, as an assault victim complained that his bag containing a laptop and an exam hall ticket was taken away.

Police summoned the firm's owner, Suresh. If he fails to turn up, legal action will be initiated, police said.

Kerala police chief Loknath Behera on Tuesday spoke to one of the victims undergoing treatment at Coimbatore and asked him to send a detailed complaint.

Four passengers were assaulted for protesting against the delay in an alternative bus as the bus they were travelling broke down at Haripad in Alappuzha district.

The incident came to light after a passenger, Jacob Philip, recorded the incident on his phone and posted it online.

Meanwhile, Kerala Motor Vehicles Department launched a drive against tourist buses that are flouting norms, charging exorbitant fares. The permit of Suresh Kallada Tours and Travels is likely to be suspended soon.

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