New Delhi: Amidst
outrage in the capital over the brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old
who died, a teenaged girl was molested in a city bus by an
off-duty conductor, Delhi Police said Sunday. The attacker was
arrested, and has been dismissed from service along with two other
"The incident was reported Saturday around 11 p.m. at Barakhamba
Road in central Delhi," said a senior police officer.
Police said a Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) cluster bus on the
Khayala-Jal Vihar route, heading towards Lajpat Nagar, was stopped
at a police picket near Mandi House for checking when the
16-year-old girl was spotted crying. The bus had taken a different
route due to the traffic diversions around India Gate.
When police officers asked her the reason, she complained that an
off-duty conductor sitting in the bus first passed lewd comments
on her and when she protested, beat her up.
"The officers deputed at check post arrested the accused," said
"The accused, who has been identified as Ranjeet, sat in the bus
to go to his home after his duty. Bus driver Prahlad Singh and the
bus conductor Tejveer were detained by the police and later let
off," an officer told IANS.
The Delhi government, however, dismissed the driver and both the
conductors after the matter came to light.
"We have dismissed all the three men in the case," Transport
Minister Ramakant Goswami told IANS.
Police said the family of the girl residing at Raghubir Nagar in
west Delhi have been informed about the incident.
"The girl is now at a relative's place in south Delhi," the police
officer said, citing a family member.