Uttar Pradesh

Namaz was offered by stopping roadways bus, driver suspended, operator’s contract terminated

38 passengers waited for 10 minutes at a deserted place in the bus

Bareilly. Krishnapal, the driver of Bareilly depot, was suspended for stopping the Janrath bus on the roadside at night for the prayers of two passengers. The contract of operator Mohit Yadav was terminated.
The Janrath bus of the Transport Corporation’s Bareilly depot had left five km ahead of Milak (Rampur) on the Delhi-Lucknow National Highway at 8.30 pm on Saturday night. According to passenger Satyendra Kumar, on the request of two Muslim passengers, the driver stopped the bus in a deserted area on the edge of the farm. Both the passengers got down from the bus and started offering Namaz. Due to this, 38 other passengers in the bus were inconvenienced. Passengers kept saying that they were insecure because the bus stopped in a deserted place for 10 minutes, but the driver did not pay attention to them.
After offering Isha prayers, both the passengers returned to their seats, then the bus could leave for Delhi again. Assistant Regional Manager Sanjeev Srivastava said that passenger Satyendra had given information about the episode by tweeting. The investigation found the driver and conductor guilty. Due to two passengers, he did not pay attention to the safety and convenience of 38 others

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