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The Delhi government terminated the services of three employees, after an off-duty cluster bus conductor was arrested for allegedly harassing a 16-year-old girl on Saturday night. The Transport department said Home Guards would be deployed on all evening buses shortly.
Following the gangrape of a 23-year-old paramedic student on December 16 aboard a moving bus, the transport department launched a strengthened night bus service - between 11 pm and 4 am — with a Home Guard in each bus for security.
Following Saturday night's incident, Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami said, "The services of the off-duty conductor, who was inebriated, the driver of the bus and the conductor on duty have been terminated immediately. We have also cancelled their Public Service Vehicle (PSV) badges." He said while the off-duty conductor had been arrested, the driver and conductor on duty were sacked for not following protocol.
"All bus drivers and conductors have been ordered to report any such incident to either the nearest police station or PCR vehicle, which they clearly did not do on Saturday. The driver and conductor are directly responsible for the safety and security of the passengers aboard," Goswami said.
He said the government was also planning to deploy Home Guards in all buses that ply in the evening.
"In the first phase, 89 night buses have been pushed into service with a Home Guard deployed in each bus. After studying this service, we will take a call on deploying home guards in evening buses as well," the minister said.
Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS), which is responsible for operating the cluster services, stated that the off-duty conductor was on-board the bus as a passenger and was travelling to the Jal Vihar terminal to join duty in the morning.
"To avoid such incidents in the future, we will step up inspection on buses especially in the evening. We have also been looking into installing CCTV cameras on our buses,'' a DIMTS official said. DIMTS runs 375 cluster buses in the city presently.