Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Human Rights Commission has asked the owner of Kallada Transporting company to appear before it in the case pertaining to physically and mentally torturing passengers.
Human Rights Commission member P Mohan Das has ordered Kallada Transporting company owner Suresh Kalalda to appear for the sitting scheduled to be held at the government guest house in Kozhikode at 10.30 am on May 29.
The commission also ordered to conduct a special investigation into the complaints against Kallada travels by an officer not below the rank of a DySP. The Ernakulam district police chief has been given the charge of appointing the investigation officer. The commission also directed the transport commissioner to investigate the matter.
The commission has directed both the transport commissioner and district police chief to submit their investigation reports within three weeks. The rights panel also asked Suresh Kallada to present himself and give an explanation.
The commission move is in response to a petition filed by Kozhikode native Dr Naushad Tekkayil which stated that several students travelling from Kerala to Bengaluru in a Kallada travels bus were confronted by the crew.
“The victims are continuing to receive threats. The incident that took place inside the bus was not an isolated one. A lot of women travel in such buses. If passengers face such treatment from the transport company, the police and transport department are responsible for taking action,” the complaint said.