BAREILLY: The simian menace in the city took a turn for the absurd on Monday afternoon, when a monkey got inside a parked bus, switched on the engine and took off in the second gear. The driver finally managed to regain control but not before the vehicle had hit two other buses parked nearby. The bizarrely comic sequence of events began when the conductor of an Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) bus from Pilibhit left the vehicle at the old roadways station to look for passengers. With half an hour to go for departure, the driver decided to take a quick nap.
While the driver reclined on the last row, a monkey suddenly appeared and climbed inside the driver's cabin and managed to start the engine with the ignition key that was still in its slot. The driver, waking up, rushed towards the cabin and tried to chase the animal away. However, the panicked animal accidentally shifted the gear to the second level before jumping out of the bus.