ksrtc: Tumakuru: Stolen KSRTC bus found intact 32km away | Mysuru News – Times of India

TUMAKURU: A Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KRSTC) bus went missing from Gubbi town past Sunday midnight, only to be found abandoned near a village 32km away hours later.
KSRTC officials were able to track the vehicle with the help of GPS which the bus was equipped with. The bus plies between Tumakuru and Gubbi.
The bus bearing registration number KA-06 F-0858 was parked at Gubbi bus stand by driver Hanumantharayappa around 9.45pm on October 17, 2021. The driver and the conductor went to sleep in a dormitory on the premises of the bus stand.
The crew woke up around 6.45am the next day and found the bus was not at the spot where they had parked it. They informed the manager of Tumakuru depot and were directed to file a complaint with Gubbi police.
Tumakuru depot 1 manager Tulasiram BL said: “As soon as they informed me, I alerted the vehicle- tracking system wing in our department. At 6.50am, we were able to track the vehicle, which was found abandoned near Sriramadevara temple between Ajjanahalli and Maragondanahalli, 32km from Gubbi bus stand.” He informed Gubbi police that the bus was found. KSRTC staff and police personnel visited the spot and found the vehicle intact. The thieves had not stolen the battery or any other part or diesel, and had not damaged the vehicle.
Through GPS, officials learnt that the bus was stolen at 1.35am on October 18 and was taken to Kunigal via KG Temple. It was also taken to Yediyuru and then abandoned near Sriramadevara temple at 4.12am. It had travelled 94km between 1.35am and 4.12am.
Police suspect the vehicle could not have been stolen without help from KSRTC staffers. Gubbi police are investigating the case. The thieves wouldn’t have dared to steal the vehicle if CCTV cameras were installed at the bus stand.
Tulasiram said three months ago, they submitted a proposal to their head office in Bengaluru requesting for installation of CCTV cameras at all bus stands in Tumakuru district. Divisional controller of KSRTC KR Basavaraj told TOI, “We have initiated an inquiry into the case and will find the culprits with the help of police.”

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