MSRTC staffer, 40, ‘hijacks’ ST bus from Swargate bus stop, ploughs it through pedestrians and vehicles in 30-minute mayhem on Wednesday morning, before being brought to a halt by 2 youngsters. Colleagues say he might have ‘snapped’, cops file murder case
Nadeem Inamdar & Gitesh Shelke
Posted On Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 10:06:56 PM
Death stalked the streets of Pune for over 30 minutes on Wednesday morning in the form of a State Transport (ST) bus driven by Santosh Maruti Mane, who left a trail of death and broken limbs not to mention mangled remains of vehicles in the wake of what looks like a fit of unexplained killer rage.
A Honda Activa lies wedged between an autorickshaw and an SUV near Swargate on Wednesday
At last count, 11 were confirmed dead while nearly a dozen others were seriously injured. The city police were still counting the number of injured lying in hospitals across parts of the city.
Mane, 40, a driver with the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), randomly “hijacked” a parked bus MH 14 BT 1532 that had arrived minutes ago from Satara at the busy Swargate depot around 8 am before going on the rampage, smashing vehicles and pedestrians during the morning rush hour. At the end of his death drive, he had covered nearly 15 kilometres through busy areas.
Eye witness account
Eyewitnesses recalled the ST bus hurtling down at very high speed and on the wrong side. Wilson Mantode saw grown-ups grabbing and pulling the children to safety from the “psychopath at the wheels”. The bus crushed his Honda Activa parked on the road side. “It was shocking, as if an angel of death had taken over the streets,” he said.
Police commissioner Meeran Borwankar said Mane had smashed the barriers and grazed past a PMPML bus placed by the police in an attempt to stop him. “The police fired ten rounds to deflate the tyres. Citizens came forward and literally threw children from the roads to the safety of the footpaths. He was in such a dangerous mood. The damage was tremendous,” she said.
It was a daring act by Sharif Ibrahim Kutty, a 21-year-old student from Poona College, that brought Mane’s death ride to a halt in Dandekar Bridge area around 8.45 am. Sharif and another youngster, Ashish Khot, chased the bus on their two-wheelers for nearly 10 kilometres from Kasewadi. It was Sharif who got inside the bus and overpowered Mane.
The chase to stop the bus had begun right where it started. Driver Santosh Hendre was the first to notice Mane trying to flee with the bus he had just driven in from Satara. He, along with traffic controller Ajit Limaye, tried to stop him on the bus stop premises, but he sped away hitting autorickshaws and handcarts parked at the out gate, recalled Limaye.
Hendre had alighted from the bus to make an arrival entry on the official register inside Limaye’s cabin. Mane apparently used the master key in his possession to start the bus. The rampage
He initially headed towards Satara Road only to return back to the bus stop, where he mauled a youth to death, and then ploughed the bus into the wrong lane and sped towards Golibar Maidan.
He did several circular rounds on the one-way in the vicinity of Golibar Maidan and then moved on to M G Road, East Street, Kasewadi, Pulgate bus stop and Solapur Bazaar, before heading towards Swargate and Sarasbaug. Smashed cars, two-wheelers and auto-rickshaws that had been hit by the bus were strewn all over the route he took.
Mane hails from a village in Solapur and has been attached to the Swargate depot since 2009. He has no home here and lives in the restroom for drivers. Assigned to the Gangapur-Swargate route, on which his native place falls, he had returned late on the night of January 24.
Mane reported back early on Wednesday and requested for an earlier trip than the 10.15 am one he was assigned. When his request was declined by the superior, he simply walked out. Mane’s colleagues at the depot said he looked relaxed at night and had tea alone in the morning. When Mirror visited them, senior police officers were questioning Vijay Gulve, the bus conductor who accompanied Mane on his Gangapur trip the previous day.
Mirror also spoke to senior depot manager Vijay Divate, who has known Mane for three years. “He is an efficient driver and his behaviour is good. I feel he might have just snapped.”
Mane has been arrested and taken into custody by the crime branch. Borwankar maintained he was mentally fit. When specifically asked if Mane was found to be mentally unstable, she snapped: “He is a licensed driver of the ST and was on duty. We are registering a case of murder against him.”
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