Bengaluru police say that based on the injuries, the man appeared to have died due to an accident.

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A state-run Karnataka bus coming from Tamil Nadu dragged a dead body in its undercarriage for a distance of 70 kilometre on Thursday night. The deceased is yet to be identified, police said,

The driver of the bus, Moinuddin who hails from Raichur was arrested on Friday by Wilson Garden Police in Bengaluru and will be produced in court on Monday,

According to police, Moinuddin did not realise that the body was trapped under the bus throughout the journey and only came to know after the bus was scrutinised by the service staff at Shantinagar Depot in Bengaluru. The bus had travelled from Conoor to the city on Thursday night.

“Initially, we thought it was a case of murder. But it was later found, going by the external injuries on the body, that the death was due to an accident. But nobody had a clue on how the body came inside the depot. The police went through CCTV footages and checked buses headed for the depot since Thursday night. The bus which Moinuddin drove had traces of blood. He was then summoned for questioning and he confessed to have attempted to get rid of the body out of fear,” a KSRTC officer told Bangalore MIrror.

Speaking with TNM, another KSRTC officer on the condition of anonymity said, “We are still waiting for the police to do the formalities and tell us what exactly happened. It is only after then we will take action.”

Moinuddin, who has been working as a bus driver for more than 10 years has been charged with Section 304A (causing death due to negligence) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) of the IPC, reported Times of India.  

According to the ToI report, Moinuddin had heard a thud in Channaptna area but went on driving as he thought he had hit a stone.

“I couldn't spot anything in the rear-view mirrors too and continued driving," he reportedly told the police.