Bengaluru: A 16-year-old college girl sustained multiple injuries after she was pushed out of a moving KSRTC bus by a conductor who objected to her travelling with a student pass.

Bhoomika, a 1st year PUC student at Jyothi Kendriya Vidyalaya in Yelachenahalli, fell face-first onto the road, suffering injuries on her forehead and left knee. She also broke her teeth.

Speaking to a daily, Bhoomika said, “I boarded the KSRTC bus (KA-42 F-2217) to Kanakapura around 3pm on November 11. Soon after the bus started moving, the conductor asked me to buy a ticket. When I told him I had a student pass, he said such passes were not allowed on the bus.”

Though the girl pleaded that she will get down at the next stop, the conductor insisted that she alight immediately. A few moments later, she was pushed out of the moving bus.

Passers-by rushed a bleeding Bhoomika to hospital. She later filed a complaint against the accused conductor, identified as Shivashankar attached to Harohalli depot, before Konanakunte Police Station. He was booked under IPC section 325 (punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt). Police said a notice has been issued to him to appear for investigation.

Bhoomika, a resident of Kanakapura town, travels more than 100km every day to and from college.

The government provides subsidised passes for the benefit of such students, but some conductors are looking for an extra commission from their overall collection refuse to admit those travelling with a student pass, Bhoomika alleged.

KSRTC managing director Shivayogi C Kalasad condemned the behaviour by their staff and said, “It is a long-distance bus which doesn’t allow student bus passes. The conductor has been suspended. Apart from a police investigation, a departmental inquiry has also been ordered.”