THE STAFF on a bus belonging to Dabwali Transport Company, owned by the Badals, allegedly attacked the driver and conductor of another bus and a staff correspondent of the English daily, The Tribune, at the PAP Chowk in Jalandhar. The incident occurred at about 8.15 pm on Friday.
It is the second such assault in the past three weeks. Earlier, the staff on an Orbit Bus, another firm owned by the Badals, had allegedly assaulted a physically-challenged journalist with a vernacular paper, in Ropar on March 1.
In his complaint to police, reporter Charanjit Singh Teja, posted at Ludhiana, has said he was waiting for a bus at PAP chowk when he saw members of Dabwali Transport attack the staff of a bus owned by Kahlon Bus Company, which was picking up passengers.
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“A member of the luxury bus threw a brick at the conductor of Kahlon bus and injured him. There was blood oozing out of his head,” Charanjit said, adding that he objected when a second brick landed close to his feet.
“I asked the police to take both the buses into custody as one of the bricks could have hit the public. But the police only seized the Kahlon Bus,” Charanjit said, alleging that three people of the Dabwali group manhandled him and attempted to snatch his camera.
SHO Balwinder Singh of Baradari Police Station said staff of the two buses had reached a compromise. He, however, added that the journalist’s complaint will be looked into.