A Kerala youth was arrested on Thursday for assaulting a Kerala State Road Transport Corporation bus driver.
The perpetrator, identified as Dileep, was arrested along with two others for stopping the bus and manhandling the driver on Thursday afternoon. According to the Palakkad police, Dileep and his friends were going for a wedding, when the bus brushed against their car, reportedly leaving a scratch on Dileep's vehicle. In a fit of rage, Dileep chased the bus and stopped it near Olavakkode. The then boarded the bus and began beating up the driver.
The bus was plying from Thrissur to Kozhikode.
In the visuals of the incident released by Manorama News, Dileep can be seen hitting the driver, Aboobacker, multiple times. At one point, Aboobacker begins to bleed from his nose. Although the conductor of the bus tries to intervene and prevent Dileep from beating up the driver, his efforts go in vain.
The assault was captured on camera by a passenger. Following the incident, the police arrested Dileep and two others who were traveling with him in the car. Hemambika Nagar police told TNM that it was yet to be verified whether the two people also assaulted the driver. In the short clip, only Dileep can be seen.
Aboobacker has been admitted to a hospital in Mannarcaud and is undergoing treatment there. The police have so far not yet charged the three persons under any sections of the Indian Penal Code. The police also said that relevant sections, including ones for assaulting a government employee, will be charged against the accused.
According to reports, Aboobacker is a native of Malappuram district.