Today morning, a group of people employed by a private finance company intercepted a private bus in Agra, made the driver, and the conductor get down and then drove off with 34 passengers in it. The bus was routing from Gurugram to Madhya Pradesh.
The incident triggered panic and outrage on social media, with many claiming the bus had been “hijacked” and highlighting the incident as yet another failure of the Uttar Pradesh government in managing law and order. “The bus driver and the conductor came to the police. They told us the bus was traveling from Gurugram to Panna in Madhya Pradesh when it was intercepted by the finance company’s people… It seems the bus financers are responsible. We are filing a case,” Agra police chief Babloo Kumar told press reporters.
The UP government in a statement later said the finance company had illegally seized the bus. “Regarding the bus incident in Agra, the finance company had illegally seized the bus. The driver, staff and passengers are safe. The bus owner died yesterday and his son is doing the last rites,” the statement said.