Pune's 'killer' bus driver convicted

Pune's 'killer' bus driver convicted

State transport  bus driver Santoshl Mane, who stunned the nation, on January 25 last year by leaving a trail of bleeding bodies with crushed bones and mangled cars on Pune streets, has been found guilty of murder by a local court on Wednesday.

 The sentence will be delivered on Monday; the incident considered a classic case of road rage, had flummoxed behavioural sociologists and psychologists alike as Mane post-incident showed no obvious dysfunctional symptoms.

Additional Sessions Judge V K Shevale relying on psychiatric report which stated that Mane was not suffering from any mental abnormalities, found him guilty under various section of IPC including 302.

On January 25, 2012 morning, 41-year-old Mane, stole a bus from Pune's Swargate Bus Depot, and went on an irrational murderous trail leaving 8 dead and 27 injured.

He was finally nabbed by a motorbike rider who managed to jump into the bus along with a constable and subdue him. Mane from Solapur, a district in south-western Maharashtra, suffered from paranoid delusions and was under-going treatment for psychological abnormalities.

According to Mane's psychiatrist, the patient had stopped medication a month before the incident without his knowledge.  Throughout the proceedings, Mane never spoke anything and always wore a blank, expressionless look, according to local media. The only time he spoke in the court was when he was asked whether he needed any lawyer.

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