Posted by: wanton me | May 16, 2008

Death of a different kind

$0.32 short of paying full fare: Man, daughter die after being pushed off moving bus in India

BANESHWAR, (India) – A POOR Indian worker and his 4-year-old daughter were crushed to death by a bus after the conductor pushed them off for not having the fare for the journey, police said.The bus conductor, who collects the fares, was arrested and charged with unintentional murder, said police officer Suresh Mishra. A conviction would carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.Mr Sanschar Toppo, 40, was 10 rupees (S$0.32) short of the fare when he got on the bus with his daughter. He got into an argument with the conductor, which escalated until Mr Toppo and the girl were pushed out of the moving bus, Mr Mishra said.After the incident on Wednesday, angry passengers set the bus on fire near Jharsuguda, a village about 380 kilometers west of Bhubaneshwar, the capital of eastern Orissa state, Mishra said. — AP

Source: The Straits Times

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