Elderly woman who demanded a ticket to travel in a bus that was made free for women, has not been included in the case as an accused but only as a witness, Coimbatore District SP Badri Narayanan clarified on Saturday.

However, cases were registered against three persons, said to be AIADMK functionaries for reportedly instigating the woman to travel on the bus and buy a ticket to protest against the remarks made by a senior Tamil Nadu minister on the
the government scheme, where women can travel freely in the state buses, as 'OC ticket', meaning free ticket, official sources said.

The incident occurred on Thursday last, when the 68-year-old woman refused to travel free in the bus and demanded the conductor issue ticket the video of which had gone viral on social media.

Based on a complaint filed by DMK local secretary Ramu, police registered cases against Prithviraj, Mathivanan and Vijay Anand on instigating the woman, Thulasiyammal, who is also an AIADMK loyalist, the sources said.