|Buses at the 8B stand on Tuesday. (Arup Sarkar)
Durgapur, Aug. 7: Buses kept off roads on the 8B route in Durgapur today after owners feared fresh attacks on the stretch where a Class I girl was run over by a racing mini bus yesterday.
The operators said they decided not to run their buses after the owners did not get any response from the administration on their plea for police protection along the stretch.
A mob of around 100 people, angry at not being able to catch the drivers of the two racing buses, broke the windscreens and glasses of two other buses that had arrived at the spot minutes after the accident.
The driver of the killer bus surrendered before police today.
The 8B route connects Prantik with Durgapur railway station via Bidhannagar and the strike caused inconvenience to several people, among them patients and students.
Those who had to go to Durgapur sub-divisional hospital and The Mission Hospital, both in Bidhannagar, from either Benachity or Durgapur station were seriously inconvenienced.
“I needed to go to Bidhannagar today as my daughter was sick. I came to know at the Prantik terminus that buses would not ply. I had to take a mini bus to City Centre and then an auto-rickshaw. I had to spend more money,” said Aruna Ganguly, a resident.
Around 50 buses plying on the route go through Bidhannagar where there are many engineering and management institutes.
“Police will take action if anybody creates trouble on the stretch,” said Sunil Yadav, the additional deputy commissioner of police (east).