Reportedly drunk, the passenger entered into a heated argument with the conductor over the fare. As the bus plied, the argumentative passenger grabbed a can of petrol that he had carried with him, emptied it on himself and set himself on fire, an official of Tivsa Police Station said. The man died of burn injuries.
As the bus came to a halt, at least 17 other passengers sustained burn injuries.”We are investigating the case to ascertain the victim’s identity and what might have led him to set himself afire in a public bus. Apart from injuries to other passengers, the bus is also damaged,” investigating officer Assistant Police Inspector R S Shaul said.