Thrissur: Kallada Travels bus permit has been cancelled for one year over the case of Kallada Travels staff assaulting three passengers and forcing them out of the vehicle in the wee hours on April 21. The Thrissur Road Transport Authority has taken the decision to suspend the permit of Kallada Travels bus. 

After an enquiry into the incident, the Road Transport Authority (RTA) learned that three passengers were assaulted and were forced out of the bus on April 21. The police reports also suggested that seven persons were involved in the assault against the passengers. 

The controversial Kallada Travels has been grabbing headlines in recent times for all the wrong reasons.

On June 20, Kerala Police seized a Kallada Travels bus and took its reserve driver into custody after he allegedly tried to molest a Tamil Nadu woman in the moving vehicle. The accused has been identified as Kerala’s Kottayam native Johnson Joseph. The woman was travelling from Kannur to Kollam, in Kerala, in a Kallada Travels sleeper bus.

When the driver allegedly tried to molest the woman, she screamed and the passengers of the bus nabbed the driver and handed him over to the police.

According to the woman's complaint, the driver tried to touch the woman inappropriately during the wee hours of June 20 when the bus was about to reach Kozhikode.

Another passenger of Kallada Travels broke his thigh bone due to alleged rash driving of the bus driver. Mohan, a native of Payyanur in Kannur, Kerala, sustained injuries and has undergone two surgeries. Doctors have instructed him to take three months bed rest.

Mohan's bone was left fractured after the bus allegedly went over a hump while travelling at high speed. Mohan informed the bus authorities that he was hurt and needed medical help. However, the bus operators reportedly refused to listen to him. Mohan reached Bengaluru and was then taken to the hospital by his son.