The WestNile Regional Police in Arua district has released a preliminary report about the Thursday night incident in which a bus belonging to KK Travelers limited was set ablaze.
According to report, Police is investigating two scenes of accidents that occurred at the same spot on a Thursday night.
Police says the accident involved a KK Bus Registration number UAU 549P which was coming from Koboko heading to Kampala and the second scene involved a trailor number UAT 181Z Mercedes Actros which lost control and blocked the road at Enzeva area, Arivu sub county, Arua district.
The West Nile regional Police spokesperson Josephine Angucia in a report said the first accident was a minor one involving a truck where its trailor got off the tractor head as it sloped down a steep valley, it over turned and blocked the road in a tight corner.
“As the locals were looting items from the truck, in 5 to 10 minutes later, the KKT Bus hit one of them who was attempting to stop the bus from crushing on the trailer hence crushing his leg,” she said.
It was also said that the bus knocked the local into the trench while attempting to bypass the trailer.
Police said the angry locals started stoning the bus and made passengers escape in disarray for their lives.
Four of the bus workers identified as Matua Alex the Inspector, Dramani Emma the Conductor, Sabir Muhammed the turn man, Nasser Nsubuga the driver were severely beaten by the angry mob.
They later went on rampage and set the bus plus their own victim of accident on fire.
The driver then escaped from the mob to Arua town for treatment.
Police swang in action and dispersed the mob but it was late, passengers were encouraged to get back to the scene, created road diversions for vehicles to move.
However, when the burnt body was taken to Arua hospital mortuary for postmortem, it was realized that the person burnt was not the driver but their own resident.
He has been identified as Bileni Expedito, 32years, Peasant and resident of Yivu village, Arivu sub county, Arua district.
The body was later handed over to the relatives for burials as inquiries continue under TAR 107/2018.
The Police publicist however condemned acts of mob justice and advised the public to report such incidents to police for proper management.