The Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) in Kerala has pulled up its socks following the brutal assault on two passengers by operators of a private bus in the state last week.The new alert scheme called ‘Operation Night Riders’ will be launched soon to monitor inter-sate private bus services.
The operation has been launched to keep a track on private buses that operate to and from Kerala as well as to monitor the functioning of various ticket-booking agencies of these buses.
“These squads have also been instructed to check the luggage compartment of these buses to check whether these vehicles are carrying any illegal load. “We will also be checking whether these buses have any previous cases of over-speeding, whether the bus operators have any pending cases of tax arrears against the permit holder or any other cases. A directive has been issued to fix GPS trackers in all the vehicles,”said Rajeev Puthalath the Joint Transport Commissioner of the state.
Two young men travelling from Haripad, Alappuzha to Bengaluru in the wee hours of Sunday were allegedly attacked by staff members of Kallada Travels, the bus in which they had been travelling. A video of the attack where the two men are dragged and beaten went viral, leading to a call for action from various quarters.
The Joint Transport Commissioner also said that the public can contact the RTO in Ernakulam on the number if they have any complaints. “If there are any pictures, the public can also WhatsApp it to the given number.”