Hyderabad

RTC stir intensifies as others extend support

Congress MP and TPCC working president A. Revanth Reddy at Uppal RTC bus depot in Hyderabad on Monday. Also seen RTC JAC leaders.

Congress MP and TPCC working president A. Revanth Reddy at Uppal RTC bus depot in Hyderabad on Monday. Also seen RTC JAC leaders.   | Photo Credit: G. RAMAKRISHNA

TSRTC-JAC leaders meet Governor, complain about oppressive measures

The strike by employees of Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) has been intensified further on its 10th day on Monday with student bodies and others throwing their weight behind the strike directly by participating in protests. The employees’ Joint Action Committee (JAC) too stepped up its pressure by representing the issue to the Governor.

As conductor of Ranigunj depot B. Surender Goud, who hanged self at his home on Sunday, was laid to rest amid anti-government slogans, one more conductor of HCU Depot, G. Sandeep of Yusufguda, allegedly attempted suicide on Monday by cutting his hand with a blade protesting the adamant attitude of the State government on the RTC strike. He was admitted to a private hospital.

On more conductor, Rajesh, suffered a serious injury in the jostling between the RTC employees on strike and the police during a protest at Kamareddy on Monday. Two persons were killed and a few others were injured in three road accidents involving RTC buses run by drivers taken on ad hoc basis for running some services in Sangareddy, Rangareddy and Hyderabad districts.

Tension prevailed at Ministers’ Quarters here as some student activists supporting the RTC strike tried to gatecrash into the premises to stage a protest. Several students were also taken into custody at Bus Bhavan here as several student unions affiliated to Left parties tried to stage a protest there in support of the RTC employees’ strike. They were bundled into the police vans.

A meeting was also organised on the campus of Osmania University in support of RTC strike where national secretary of CPI K. Narayana blamed the government for suicide by employees and other deaths. Jana Sena Party president Pawan Kalyan also extended support to the RTC strike and to the State Bandh called on October 19.

Meet Governor

Meanwhile, a delegation of TSRTC-JAC leaders comprising E. Ashwathama Reddy, K. Raji Reddy, M. Thomas Reddy and others called on Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan here on Monday and submitted a memorandum explaining the oppressive measures being adopted by the State government against the employees’ strike.

Speaking after meeting the Governor, the three leaders said they had also submitted a CD with video footage on the police excesses on the RTC employees who were staging protests in peaceful and democratic manner. They stated that the Governor had enquired about the strike.

They alleged that it was the government that was responsible for two RTC employees ending their life and death of four others as they took the extreme step due to repeated statements of the Chief Minister stating that those not attending duties would not be treated as employees by coining the new terminology of “self-dismissal”. They appealed to the employees not to resort to the extreme step of ending lives stating that struggle was the only to achieve their justified demands.

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