Pune: Pune bus driver Santosh Mane has been sentenced to death by a sessions court on Monday for crushing to death nine people in Pune in 2012. More than 30 people were also injured in the incident on February 3, 2012 when Mane drove his bus over them.
The judge, who had convicted the driver of murder on April 3, observed that Mane was fully conscious of his actions as he did not dash the vehicle against any building on the roads but targeted people to kill them. "The accused has committed the murder of nine persons by moving the bus dangerously with the intention and knowledge that the act was so imminently dangerous that it will cause death or bodily harm," the judge observed.
Mane was held guilty under sections 302 (murder), 381 (theft of employer's property), 307 (attempt to murder) and 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the Indian Penal Code. Defence counsel Dhananjay Mane said his client would appeal against the sentence.
Mane, a driver with the state transport corporation, using a master key to state buses had hijacked a Satara bound bus from the Swargate terminal.
He went berserk, driving in a frenzy, most of the times on the wrong side of the road, ramming into vehicles, mowing down pedestrians, as the city police joined in the chase on motorcycles.
A dozen vehicles were also damaged in the mayhem unleashed by the driver, who was finally stopped by police and members of public after a long chase.
With Additional Inputs from PTI