TNSTC crew resort to flash strike
A supposedly insensitive act of a bus conductor led to a girl student suffering injuries after she fell from a bus here on the eve of International Women’s Day.
K. Namitha boarded a TNSTC bus (No. 102 A) on her way to Gandhipuram from Karamadai after appearing for Plus-Two examinations. She was carrying a pass provided by State Government for school students. The conductor objected to her travelling to Gandhipuram stating that the pass was valid only up to G.N. Mills bus stop.
Namitha tried to explain that she has changed her residence and offered to pay the extra fare. But the conductor was not willing to listen to her. When the bus reached 100-Feet Road, she tried to get down and the conductor reportedly pushed her out of the vehicle.
Namitha’s parents preferred a complaint with the TNSTC authorities stating that Parameswaran, conductor, behaved in an inhuman manner and verbally abused the child.
The authorities immediately placed Parameswaran under suspension pending inquiry. The police registered a case against him under section 75 (1) (C) of the Madras City Police Act and Section 337 (Causing grievous hurt by an act endangering the life and safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code.
This resulted in a section of the crew resorting to flash strike.
The authorities, however, held talks with the crew and the strike was withdrawn immediately.