Three passengers of a Chennai-bound bus were stabbed to death while they were sleeping,by an unidentified co-passenger,who escaped even as the others raised an alarm early on Thursday. A fourth passenger was seriously injured.
The three victims,who were stabbed in the chest,died before they could be taken to hospital. The fourth,identified as Ramesh Kumar,a techie,who boarded the bus at Nellore at 3.30 am,was injured when he reportedly tried to stop the attacker.
Ramesh Kumar said he saw the man stabbing the three persons who were asleep,and then running towards the door of the bus. He tried to stop the attacker even as the other passengers started screaming. In the scuffle,the man stabbed Ramesh, said Nellore SP B V Ramana Kumar. Thinking that there was some emergency,the driver opened the door of the bus,which gave the attacker the opportunity to flee into the darkness, he said. The state transport corporation luxury bus had reached Tada in Nellore district at 4 am when the incident took place.
Passengers told the police that a short man,wearing a red shirt and dark-coloured trousers,suddenly got up from his seat and stabbed his co-passenger,and then attacked the other two sitting nearby. Police identified the three victims as Ajay Biswas of Orissa,Niranjan Kumar and Ram Babu of Ongole. The driver told the police that the attacker boarded the bus at Vijayawada.
We feel it is a revenge attack. The killer may have had a grudge against at least two of the victims. The third victim may have been stabbed in panic,when he started screaming, said Assistant SP Chandra Sekhar.
Police have released a sketch of the killer,based on the descriptions given by eyewitnesses.