The driver of a TNSTC bus stopped the vehicle in the middle of the road and staged a protest demanding that two persons who had attacked him and ran away near Gingee on Saturday be arrested.
According to sources, Rajendran (40), of Perampattu hamlet near Thiruvannamalai, was driving a TNSTC bus, plying from Tiruvannamalai to Gingee, on Saturday afternoon when two persons came on a bike and attacked him. They pulled up their bike in front of the bus and stopped, forcing the bus driver to stop the vehicle. They demanded the driver come out of the vehicle.
When Rajendran got down from the bus, the duo complained that he had spat out of the window and his spittle had fallen on them. However, Rajendran denied it and an argument broke out. As tempers rose, the trio became aggressive and they began fighting. The duo allegedly attacked the driver. On seeing this, passengers alighted from the bus and tried to catch the duo. However, they left their bike behind and fled from the spot.
Following this, the driver took the bus and parked it in the middle of the Tiruvannamalai-Gingee road and staged a protest.
The Nallanpillai patrol police rushed to the spot and tried to pacify the driver. However, Rajendran refused to heed and demanded the two persons be arrested.
After police registered a case and assured that the duo would be arrested, the driver withdrew his protest.
Traffic on the road was brought to a standstill for more than half an hour.
In another incident, a 42-year-old man was killed when a TNSTC bus, plying from Chennai to Villupuram, hit him.
The incident occurred in front of the Mundiampakkam Government Hospital on Saturday.
Police said Selvam (42) of Mannargudi, had come to the hospital on Saturday morning and was waiting for the bus in front of the hospital when he was fatally knocked down.