Glass pieces pierced through his skin. His uniform was soaked in blood. But Abdul Rasheed didn’t lose control of the bus and parked it safely on the roadside. Lives of 40 passengers including the conductor was saved due to the self-control of the driver.
Stones were pelted at a KSRTC Super Express bus which was going from Thiruvananthapuram to Kalpetta on Wednesday in the wake of women entry in Sabarimala. The incident occurred around 10.45 pm at national highway near Ambalappuzha. Glass pieces pieced into Rasheed's nose and beneath his eyes.
Abdul Rasheed, a native of Kozhikode, said that 5 people who stood on the road pelted stones at the bus when it reached near them. He couldn’t understand what happened at first. He heard a big sound and then the driver’s cabin was filled with glass. When he thought about the lives of the passengers in the bus, ignoring pain he parked the bus on the road side.
“After that, I informed the police, they took me to Alappuzha Medical College. By then, my uniform was soaked in blood,” said Abdul Rasheed.
There are deep injuries on the nose and beneath his eyes. He has got nine stiches on his face. He was discharged from the hospital at Thursday night and returned home.
Ambalappuzha police have registered case against five identifiable people on the issue. The front glass of the bus was completely broken.