Four held for attacking transport employees following road rage at Padi
Hundreds of commuters were stranded for several hours on Monday morning as MTC drivers and conductors went on a flash strike.
The bus crew were demanding action against those who had assaulted their colleagues and damaged three buses in an incident of road rage at Padi on Sunday night.
Four MTC employees have been admitted to the Government General Hospital after they were assaulted around 9.30 p.m. on Sunday by a group led by A.Senthil Suresh, son of Ambattur Municipal Councillor A.Anbu.
Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Shakeel Akhter said that four persons, including Senthil Suresh, were arrested for attacking the MTC crew. They were booked under various provisions of the IPC and Tamil Nadu Public Property (Prevention of Damage and Loss) Act.
In response to the incident, nearly a third of the MTC's operational fleet of 3,000 buses did not ply on Monday morning. Three of the 25 MTC depots in the city, at Ambattur, Anna Nagar and Avadi, were completely shut down. The injured employees were attached to these depots. All 450 buses belonging to the three depots did not ply in protest. Services from eight other depots were severely affected.
Nearly 55 lakh people use MTC services everyday.
A regular commuter, K.Rakesh, reached Ambattur depot as usual at 7 a.m. to take a bus to his workplace in Guindy. After waiting for two hours, he took an overcrowded share autorickshaw to CMBT in the hope of finding transit. “None of the 70 series buses was on the road. All the share autorickshaws came fully loaded from Avadi itself. Even if I eventually reach office, they will ask me to go home for being late,” he said. Hundreds of office-goers and students reported late for work and classes.
Following negotiations between the management and trade unions, the strike was called off around 4.30 p.m. But many of the drivers and conductors did not return to work immediately, inconveniencing commuters returning home in the evening.