In a shocking incident, a KSRTC bus conductor who had an argument with a woman passenger regarding the money tendered for the ticket jumped out of the moving bus into the Kumaradhara River on Sunday. According to the sources, the deceased has been identified as Devdas Shetty (42), who was a conductor in a bus belonging to Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) playing from Mangaluru to Kukke Subramanya. Read the full report here.
According to the information, a women passenger who boarded the bus in Mangaluru to Alangaru near Subrahmanya, started the argument near Ramakunja, close to her destination that the conductor had to give her more change as she had given him Rs 500. But the conductor argued that it was only Rs 100. The woman got down at Ramakunja and called her brothers, who asked the driver to take the bus to Kadaba police station. Police said when they checked the ticket details and the money in the bag, it was found that Rs 500 was in excess and later allegedly the conductor apologized.
As the bus was passing the bridge near the bathing ghat of the Kukke Subrahmanya temple, Devdas reportedly jumped into the water around 11 a.m. Devotees at Snanaghatta (bathing ghat) tried to rescue him but their efforts went in vain and he was washed away. Till late evening efforts were on to retrieve the body.
According to the sources, it is known that Devadas, with 23 years of experience, was known for his integrity and had won the ‘Best Conductor’ award from the KSRTC last year, his colleagues said.
Acceding to the police, a chit found in the bag of the driver, left on the bus, stated that he had lost his self-respect and did not want to live.