Controversies seem to be riding with Kallada Travels with the latest being the arrest of a stand-by driver for misbehaving with a woman passenger at Thenhipalam in Malappuram district.
Transport minister AK Saseendran was quick to respond, directing Malappuram motor enforcement officials to cancel the licence of the reserve driver. This comes just two months after seven Kallada employees were arrested for brutally beating up passengers who demanded alternative arrangements when the Bengaluru-bound bus broke down near Harippad in Alappuzha district.
The incident took place when the Kannur-Kollam sleeper bus reached Kozhikode at 1.30 am on Thursday. The Tamil Nadu woman had boarded from Kannur. The reserve driver Johnson Joseph of Kottayam allegedly made an attempt to touch inappropriately the woman passenger while she was sleeping.
The woman sought the help of other passengers and handed over Johnson to the police at Thenhipalam who registered a case. Reports said medical check-up showed that he was drunk.
Minister AK Saseendran told mediapersons in Thiruvananthapuram that strict action would be taken in connection with the incident. Since the bus was registered in Arunachal Pradesh, the state officials were unable to cancel the bus permit.
He added that the special squad 'Night Riders' formed to stop such violations of law on road and on long-distance bus services would continue with their inspection. And inspections of the squad will continue, said the minister.