WATCH: Panic as police fire teargas into bus full of passengers
Police in Masvingo Tuesday fired teargas cannisters inside a Beitbridge bound Mulaudzi bus forcing panicking passengers to break windows and jump off to escape the choking smoke.
Media reports say police were forced to use smoke after the bus driver had ignored their orders to stop.
The incident happened near along Masvingo Road was teargassed near Fidelity residential area.
In a video shared on Twitter by the Herald, a minor was injured in the melee it was pushed off the bus through the entrance of the smoke-filled coach.
A Beitbridge bound Mulaudzi bus which was allegedly involved in a chase with the police along Masvingo Road was teargassed near Fidelity residential area forcing passengers to jump out through the window. pic.twitter.com/0HnMZ2LQIr
— The Herald Zimbabwe (@HeraldZimbabwe) September 28, 2021
It is not the first time Zimbabwean police have been forced to discharge tear smoke into a bus full of passengers.
Police details October last year discharged some teargas into a bus at the Harare Showgrounds bus stop along Samora Machel forcing passengers, among them the elderly, to scramble off through windows.
The incident was also captured on camera.
Police are trained to use tear smoke, which causes severe eye and respiratory pain, skin irritation, bleeding, and even blindness in the worst cases, in cases where they will be trying to drive away crowds disobeying instructions to disperse.