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Vandals Stone Bus After Being Refused A Free Ride, Passenger Injured

Operations manager, Ramiza Begum said they had to deal with the damage after individuals who were supposedly hiding in the bushes along the Saweni area continuously found ways to stone their buses.
02 Sep 2019 17:19
Vandals Stone Bus After Being Refused A Free Ride, Passenger Injured
Khans Buses Limited’s operation manager Ramiza Begum with one of the company’s buses that was stoned. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

A bus company manager is angered by the vandalism by people who stoned vehicles when not offered a free ride.

What has made matters worse for Khans Buses Limited, of Lautoka over the past few months, is the stoning which resulted in the injury of an innocent passenger.

Operations manager, Ramiza Begum said they had to deal with the damage after individuals who were supposedly hiding in the bushes along the Saweni area continuously found ways to stone their buses.

“This is when drivers refused to offer them a free ride,” she said.

Ms Begum said one of their buses was stoned at around 8.30pm last Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

“It is an ongoing issue the company buses encountered when operating 24/7 along the Lautoka-Nadi corridor,” Ms Begum said.

“Some individuals hiding there threw stones and a passenger sitting near the window, an old man suffered injuries to his upper and lower lips and had a big cut on his jaw.

“Our workers going home at that time saw the incident and told our big boss.

“The  passenger was later taken to the Lautoka Hospital for treatment.”

2. Individuals stone buses over free-ride frustration

She said this usually happened after 8 pm at least twice a week.

“We will still operate 24/7 services, but something has to be done about this because we have to pay for the damage which runs into thousands of dollars to repair,” Ms Begum added.

The company had reported the matter at the Lautoka Police Station.

Edited by Percy Kean

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