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14-year-old girl dies

A 14-year-old girl was killed and her mother seriously injured when they were thrown off a moving bus by a group of molesters in Punjab’s Moga district, police said on Thursday.

The driver and cleaner of the bus have been arrested along with two other men. The bus was being operated by a transport company called Orbit Aviation, which is owned by the Badal family.

On reports that the bus belonged to the Orbit company, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said: “I never took interest (in the Orbit company affairs). I don’t know anything about the transport company and have never been to its office”. He said the incident was “very unfortunate” and promised swift action against the guilty even as he insisted he “never took interest” in the company’s affairs and had “never visited its office”.

The incident, which highlighted the lack of security for women in public transport, took place on Wednesday evening near Gill village in Moga, over 150 km from capital Chandigarh.

The girl, a Class 9 student and her mother had boarded the bus in Moga town but were targeted by a group of male passengers who allegedly passed obscene remarks at them.

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