Coimbatore: A clash between a motorist and crew-members of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) led to tense moments in the Ukkadam area here on Friday. Parking of buses around the Ukkadam bus depot by the agitated crew paralysed traffic for nearly two hours.
According to police, Hakeem, an iron merchant who was riding a two-wheeler, is said to have brushed against Ponraj, a TNSTC employee. A wordy duel between them led to exchange of blows.
Supporters of Hakeem alleged that crew from the bus depot bashed up Hakeem. He was admitted to hospital. Thereupon, supporters of Hakeem started gathering in large numbers in front of the depot.
The TNSTC crew parked a few buses at the entry and exit points of the bus depot, paralysing traffic. Police personnel led by Deputy Commissioner of Police P. Nagarajan held talks with both sides in the presence of Tahsildar P. Subramanian. After extracting an assurance of action against the bus crew involved in the assault on Hakeem, the supporters and residents of the area dispersed. The police also promised action on a complaint to be filed by the bus crew against Hakeem and his supporters.
Following the assurances the bus crew resumed work. Passengers arriving in Coimbatore from Pollachi and Palakkad had to go through a bad experience as the traffic got blocked up to Sundarapuram on Pollachi Road and beyond Kuniamuthur on Palakkad Road.