Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Sendhwa bus burning: Plea to commute death rejected

TNN | Oct 29, 2015, 09:09 IST INDORE: 

Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh high court on Wednesday rejected a plea to commute death penalties awarded by a Barwani court to three persons for setting on fire a bus in Sendhwa district of Madhya Pradesh that killed over 15 passengers over a petty dispute in 2011. Bench, comprising Justice P K Jaiswal and J K Jain, however, acquitted bus owner, Naresh Doshi, who was earlier awarded life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 62 lakh. 

The horrifying incident took place on August 22, 2011, when the driver, Tarun Sharma, picked up an argument with driver of another bus over carrying passengers. When the bus owned by Sai Kripa Travels left with passengers whom Sharma claimed were his, he along with the conductor Dilip Soni, and cleaner, Rajkumar Kushwaha, followed the bus, stopped it, and poured gasoline over it before setting it on fire. The Sai Kripa bus was full with passengers and many didn't get an opportunity to escape as fire spread fast. While 20 passengers managed to get out of the bus with severe burns and other injuries after smashing the windows and jumping out, 15 were charred to death, some of them beyond recognition. 

Source: (Accessed on 19 December 2018)

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