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Blueline leaving a 'red' trail in Delhi

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Dec 5 (UNI) Blueline buses mowed down 422 people in the last three years in the national capital, Union Minister for Home S Regupathy told Parliament today.

As many as 70 people were killed in accidents involving blueline buses in 2003, 110 people were killed in 2004, 157 last year and 85 had died till October end this year, he said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

Many accidents occured because drivers of such buses chase and rashly overtake other blueline buses in an effort to 'get' more passengers. Such drivers were caught and prosecuted for wrong overtaking and other traffic violations as and when they came to the notice of the traffic police.

Meanwhile, 1,233 blueline buses were found plying without speed governors this year (upto October) alone.

As many as 24 traffic police personnel were arrested for corruption related charges in the last three years. Six of them had been dismissed from service while the others were under suspension and facing departmental action.

It was, however, denied that any complaint against traffic police personnel had been received alleging that they were 'charging' money at crossings from blueline drivers for 'ignoring' their violations.


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