E-way bus driver, conductor arrested over theft, assault
The bus conductor and the driver of a Southern Expressway bus plying from Colombo to Matara who had
assaulted a conductor of another bus running from Homagama to Matara at the Makumbura expressway bus stand and stolen a gold chain and mobile phone which had been in his possession, had been taken into custody at the Matara Interchange by a team from the Homagama Police day before yesterday (20) night.
Police said that this attack was carried out due to a dispute over a bus traveling from Colombo to Matara after arriving at Makumbura when the bus traveling from Homagama to Matara also arrived at Makumbura and picked up their passengers.
The conductor of the bus plying from Homagama to Matara had been assaulted when that bus had been parked at the Makumbura Expressway bus stand and was boarding passengers.
Subsequent to the assault, the bus travelling from Colombo to Matara had entered the Expressway and driven off to Matara. After the conductor of the bus plying from Homagama to Matara had lodged a complaint with the police, the Expressway police had been informed and steps had been taken to halt the bus when it was leaving the Matara exchange. Later, a team from the Homagama Police had gone to Matara and taken into custody the bus driver and conductor involved in the assault and theft and brought them back to the Homagama Police Station.
Making a complaint to the police, the conductor of the bus plying from Homagama to Matara who was assaulted had stated that these suspects had stolen two gold chains he was wearing as well as his mobile phone. He had said that the value of the stolen goods was three hundred and fifteen thousand rupees.
The police said that the 38-year-old bus conductor who was assaulted was a resident of Thihagoda, Matara. They also said that the suspect, the driver was 44 years old and resident at Katuwana Road, Diddeniya while the suspect conductor aged 37 was from Kudabendigama, Vitharandeniya.
These two suspects were scheduled to be produced before the Homagama Magistrate.