Hyderabad: TSRTC employees’ strike, which entered 18th day on Tuesday has been escalating and all party leaders organized a ‘Vanta Vaarpu’, a form of protest by cooking food on the streets and eating community lunch, in support of the RTC strike.
The TSRTC employees’ JAC, along with several political parties leaders started Vanta Vaarpu at the Jubilee Bus Station (JBS) in Secunderabad. On the other hand, the commuters were facing severe problems due to the shortage of buses. As part of the strike, the RTC employees reached the Karimnagar bus station early in the morning and held a dharna before the bus depot at 5 am and started protesting. A bus mirror was broken when an unidentified man threw stones at the RTC rental bus in the parking lot. The RTC employees requested the temporary drivers and conductors not to start the buses and to support their strike and prevented the buses from getting out in the early morning.
Police made several attempts to disperse the protesting employees near the bus stop and also took some of the JAC leaders into custody. The RTC employees have intensified protests all over the State.
CPs warn of stern action against those obstructing buses
Hyderabad: City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar today warned of stringent criminal action against those obstructing public transport or private buses plying on the city roads.
The Commissioner said cases would be booked for assaulting drivers working for the TSRTC and that trial of such cases would be done by fast track courts. Any obstruction of these drivers would be booked as cases of obstruction to government servants from discharging their duty.
Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjanar also warned those who were planning to disrupt the movement of RTC buses being run by private drivers. He said anyone found trying to assault private drivers, who were discharging their duties, would be booked under relevant IPC sections and cases would be tried in fast track courts. Any obstruction of the drivers will be booked as obstruction to Government servants from discharging their duties. Firm action will be taken for any such offence, he added. He also said the striking crew would be allowed to perform dharna or stage protest, without any prior permission from the police