Passenger gets caught in bus door, case filed

Gets threats over phone later, caller asks him to withdraw FIR

A Delhi Transport Corporation bus driver has been booked for causing hurt after a passenger’s leg got stuck between the automatic swing door of the bus at Connaught Place.

The 23-year-old victim now claims he has been receiving threatening phone calls to withdraw the case.

Varun Sharma of Paharganj said he was boarding bus number 460 from Palika Kendra bus stand when the incident occurred around 10 am on Wednesday. He was on his way to office at South Extension.

He alleged that his right leg got stuck as soon as he managed to stand on the footboard of rear door opening.

“Varun claimed that there was no malfunctioning, and that the driver of the bus had shut the door,” a police officer said.

It is alleged that he requested the bus conductor to help, but he did not pay any attention. “He was busy giving tickets to other passengers and told people to inform the driver,” Varun said.

Varun’s leg was stuck between the swing door for about five minutes before the door was opened.

He then asked for explanation from the conductor, on which, the conductor told him to talk to the driver.

The driver told Varun that he can only open the door on the conductor’s instruction, and told him to talk to the conductor. Varun alleged that the conductor told him that they were not responsible due to which he made a call to the police control room and reported the matter.

“The conductor further refused to issue ticket to Varun due to which he travelled without ticket till South Extension,” Varun claimed. A police team immediately reached Palika Kendra bus stand, but Varun was not found there.

“We called up Varun on his mobile phone when he said he would like to file a case,” the officer added. Accordingly, Varun was asked to come to Connaught Place police station where his statement was recorded.

A case under section 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code has been filed. Police said the conductor was not named as the accused due to lack of evidence against him.

Varun identified the driver as Chaman at the police station. Varun also underwent a medical examination at AIIMS. Varun further alleged that he received threatening call after he identified Chaman as the accused.

“The caller told me to withdraw the case or face dire consequences. They also threatened to kill me,” Varun said.

He made a call to police to report the matter after which his statement was reported on Saturday with Paharganj police station.

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