A Bengaluru bus conductor and three passengers were booked for assault by the city police on Thursday, following an altercation among them near Gangammanagudi bus station.
Aruna, a BMTC bus conductor, lodged a complaint alleging that she was abused and assaulted by three men, all diploma students of MN Technical Institute in the city. In their counter-complaint the men said that the conductor bit them.
Shailaja, Inspector at Gangammanagudi police station, said that Aruna, in her complaint, admitted that she bit two of the three men.
An onlooker had recorded a video of the fight, a copy of which is with The News Minute. In the video, Aruna is seen biting the men even as a traffic policeman is trying to sort out the issue. Aruna later falls to the ground after one of the men pushes her.
"The bus was going towards Kammagondanahalli, where the men were to get off to go to college. In her complaint, Aruna said that she asked the three men – Puneet (20), Pavan (20) and Guru (21), not to stand on the foot-board of the bus as it was not safe. Once they were inside, she confiscated their bus passes," Shailaja said.
"What triggered the fight was that the men apparently spoke to her disrespectfully when they asked her for their passes. This turned into a full blown argument and a fight outside the bus station," she added.
However, the men, who filed a counter-complaint, said that it was Aruna who triggered the fight and even assaulted them later.
"According to them, when they asked her to return their bus pass, she denied them and told them to collect it from the main Majestic office. When the students asked her to give them a letter saying so, the conductor started getting angry and became violent," said Shailaja.
Shailaja said that all the four were taken to the hospital for a basic medical check up.
The BMTC did not answer The News Minute's calls.