Modern High School for Girls has lodged a police complaint accusing some army personnel of forcibly taking away a school bus attendant after an accident on the AJC Bose Road flyover on Thursday morning.
The soldiers allegedly chased the bus some distance and took away attendant Biswanath Sau, triggering panic among the 70-odd students in the vehicle, the police said.
The accident — the army’s version is that the school bus hit its Maruti Gypsy from behind — had occurred on the Park Circus-bound flank of the flyover at 8.10am.
“Some of the senior girls told us about it as soon as the bus arrived,” said an official at Modern High.
The school authorities informed the officer-in-charge of the East Traffic Guard about the incident even as a call from the army to a colleague of Sau confirmed that he had been taken to the military camp on Ballygunge Circular Road.
Senior police officers at Lalbazar contacted their counterparts in the army to ensure that Sau was escorted back to the school. An army vehicle carrying the bus attendant reached the south Calcutta institution around 9am, sources said.
A spokesman for the army said the soldiers wanted to hand Sau over to the police. “After the bus hit our car, our personnel asked for the vehicle documents. The bus driver and the attendant failed to produce them, which is why our men thought of handing them over to the police,” said Tarun Kumar Singha, chief public relations officer of the ministry of defence in Calcutta.
The police said the army had no authority to either ask for the vehicle documents or take away Sau.
Singha said the soldiers took Sau to the camp and not the driver “because the bus was carrying children”.
“How could they take him away just like that?” demanded an official at Modern High.
The school lodged a complaint with Karaya police station in the evening.