Kozhikode: Kerala Police have seized the controversial Kallada Travels’s bus again and took its reserve driver into custody as he tried to molest a Tamil Nadu woman in a moving bus. The accused is identified as Kerala’s Kottayam native Johnson Joseph. The woman was travelling from Kannur to Kollam, Kerala, in a Kallada Travels sleeper bus.

As the driver tried to molest the woman, she screamed and the passengers of the bus nabbed the driver and he was handed over to the police. According to the woman's complaint, the driver tried to touch the woman inappropriately during the wee hours on Thursday (June 20). The incident occurred around 2:30 am when the bus was about to reach Kozhikode.

Earlier, on April 21, the staff of Kallada Travels bus, which was ferrying passengers from Thiruvananthapuram to Bengaluru, thrashed two passengers and forced them out of the vehicle.

According to sources, a verbal dispute broke out between employees and the passengers after the bus broke down at Haripad, Alappuzha in Kerala. Later, an alternative bus carrying passengers reached Vyttila. Moments later, Kallada Travels employees were caught on video attacking the passengers, who questioned the staff.

The video was shot by one of the passengers, who posted it on social media. The employees, who attacked the passengers, were charged with non-bailable offences.

On June 2, a 23-year-old woman was made to run for more than five minutes after the Kallada Travels bus she was travelling in abandoned her on a highway after they had stopped for a dinner break.