Sullia, Sep 27, 2016 : Efforts to trace Devadas, the missing conductor of the KSRTC bus operating on the Subrahmanya-Mangaluru route, who jumped into the Kumaradhara river from the bus on September 25, Sunday following an altercation with a lady passenger over the money she had given to him towards bus fare, have failed so far.
As many as 15 expert divers from Gundya as well as fire service personnel from Puttur have been on an intensive search operation, but have not met with any success possibly due to the increased water flow into the river due to heavy rains.
It is now alleged that the humiliation which Devadas suffered in the Kadaba Police Station where he was taken after the lady passenger argued that she had passed on a Rs 500 note to him though Devadas said it was a Rs 100 note, is believed to have forced Devadas to take the extreme step.
Pawan, son of Devadas states his father was a honest man and has also been presented ’Best Conductor’ Award thrice for his honesty and good discipline. He also maintains that the insult he might have suffered at Kadaba police station might have forced him to jump into the river. He has also demanded a thorough probe into the incident.
A similar demand has been put forth by TP member Kittanna Rai Gurupur, Gurupur G P Vice President Sachin Adapa and Uday Bhat a relative of Devadas. They alleged that the police personnel at the station had undressed and assaulted the conductor, in the absence of the station house officer. They also strongly opined that Devadas who felt ashamed and was also deeply hurt by this had decided to take the extreme step.