‘Berserk’ bus driver kills 9, injures 27 in 25km road rampage in Pune


A rogue bus driver went berserk on the crowded streets of the city this morning, smashing all traffic and pedestrians coming in its way, killing nine innocent people and injuring 27 others. The driver damaged 40 vehicles before the bus was brought to a halt after 30 minutes and police arrested him.

The licensed bus driver named Santosh Mane, has worked with the department for 11 years and chose another driver’s bus to begin his road rampage. It took an hour for the police to chase him down wrong sides, and streets full of people, several rounds of gunfire and gutsy college student, Sharif Ibrahim Kutty to finally stop the errant driver. Well motive for terrorism has been ruled out, psychiatric evaluation results are still awaited.

Meeran Borwankar, Pune’s police commissioner had this to say. “He just went berserk.” “Slamming into people, cars, school buses, scooters and vegetable stands. Pedestrians tried to flee, with some throwing children out of the way of the oncoming vehicle”. “He went on ramming vehicles, hitting pedestrians. He was in such a dangerous mood.”


She further added, “Santosh was on duty and worked according to his duty chart till yesterday. We have no idea why he took charge of the Satara bus. He went from Swargate to Pulgate area ramming vehicles on the road and knocking people down.” “Some citizens came forward to save children. Police followed him all through and barricaded the roads. An eyewitness Sharif Ibrahim Kutty helped police open the door of the bus following which he was caught.”

An official reported, “So far, nine pedestrians, including two children have been killed in the incident and around 40 injured.”

Psychiatrist and director, Nityanand Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr Nitin Dalaya, had this to say. “The first thing that needs to be ruled out is addiction, if he was under influence of drugs, alcohol or whitener, etc. However if he reported to duty normally and had a routine conversation after which he seemed to have ‘ticked’ off, there could be a serious possibility of this person suffering from personality disorder. In this condition person seems normal otherwise but a time bomb is ticking under the surface.”


Psychiatrist at Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital, Dr Jyoti Shetty had this to say. “He definitely seems to be psychiatrically ill and needs help, unless he was under influence of some drugs. His behaviour was impulsive, rash and has symptoms of a psychotic disorder and person seems to have lost touch with reality. It is difficult for a sane person to go on a rampage like this.”

Head of psychiatry department at KEM hospital, Dr Suresh Pant had this to say. “Most likely his act points towards a personality disorder that was went undetected for long time. However, certain factors like past history of head injury, epilepsy and neurological problems might also trigger such acts. A detailed psychiatric analysis needs to be made of the person but most important is to calm him down first.”


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