A physically challenged youth giving two hoots to the high
security arrangements at the Bhopal airport drove away the staff
bus of the Jet Airways. However, he was caught and the bus
recovered after half-an-hour chase when he rammed the bus into an
Twenty-year-old Shahid, the polio-struck accused, not only
penetrated the high security zone at the new terminal of Raja Bhoj
Airport but drove away a staff bus of the airport parked at the
terminal on Wednesday. The bus was later seized and Shahid was
arrested after the CISF personnel gave a hot chase for about two
kilometers. The accused has been booked for theft. However, the
incident has raised serious questions regarding the security of
the airport. Some commuters were injured in the incident.
According to police sources the Tata 407 mini bus bearing
registration No. MP-04-TK 0179 was parked at the new terminal of
the airport and it suddenly started moving around 10 am. At first,
the CISF personnel thought that it may be the driver of the bus,
who was taking the bus somewhere. They sprang into action when the
driver of the bus raised an alarm. However, till then, the bus had
crossed the airport premises. Getting the information, the Gandhi
Nagar police station also started chasing the bus. The bus hit
some motorcyclists on the road and they too joined the procession
of bus chasers.
Near, Bairagarh crossing, the bus stopped after the driver rammed
the bus into an iron pole erected for stopping the entry of heavy
vehicles. The driver was nabbed by the police when he tried to
escape from the spot. The accused was suffering from polio disease
and was later identified as Shahid.
The surprising aspect of the incident is that the youth who drove
away the Jet Airways bus is physically challenged and yet managed
to drive the heavy vehicle, operating the brakes and the
accelerator with just one leg as the other is crippled due to
polio. He walks on crutches.
Shahid reportedly claimed to policemen on being probed initially
that when he sat on the driver’s seat the bus started moving. On
the way he had grazed a few vehicles until he was nabbed.
According to SSP of Bhopal Yogesh Chaudhary the police are trying
to know his past criminal record and are investigating as to how
he managed to enter the airport even after high security