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RTC bus conductor who suffered heart attack succumbs

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He was cremated in Warangal amid tight police bandobust

In another tragic incident, an RTC bus conductor of Hanamkonda depot, who was admitted to a private hospital in Hyderabad on October 31 after he complained of chest pain, died on Saturday night.

The body of Erukonda Ravinder (53) was brought to his native Atmakur in Warangal Rural district during the early hours of Sunday under heavy police bandobust.

Police personnel did not allow any outsider into the conductor’s house even as large numbers of RTC employees came there to take part in the final rites.

Even Parkal MLA Challa Dharma Reddy was barred from entering the house. Police also arrested a few RTC workers when they tried to defy the orders. The employees along with some Opposition party leaders raised slogans against the State government in his presence.

According to his family members, the late Mr. Ravinder got both his daughters married and took bank loan for that. However, due to the ongoing strike, he did not get salary for two months, following which he could not repay the loan and the bank started sending him notices. He was very worried but was hopeful of a positive solution to the RTC stalemate. However, when the meeting on October 31 could not resolve the crisis, he suffered a heart attack and was hospitalised.

Meanwhile, MRPS founder Manda Krishna Madiga demanded compensation for the family of the late conductor.

“The RTC workers must continue their fight in the same spirit as they fought for a separate Telangana State. We will always support them,” he said.

The family members conducted the final rites of the conductor amidst tight security.

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