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Commuters want strike to end as Pongal festival nears

With strike by transport workers continuing, school students in Erode take a ride on a bullock cart to reach the nearest destination on Monday.

With strike by transport workers continuing, school students in Erode take a ride on a bullock cart to reach the nearest destination on Monday.   | Photo Credit: M_GOVARTHAN

Conductor held for pelting stone on bus and damaging windscreen

The indefinite strike by various trade unions of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) continue to affect the public in the district as the stranded commuters urge the government to immediately solve the crisis as Pongal festival is nearing.

Travel plan of the commuters within the district and to other districts continue to remain affected as less than half the fleet was operated in the district on Monday. Efforts by the management to rope in temporary drivers also did not yield much result as buses were parked at the depot on Chennimalai Road. Many commuters want the strike to end as they fear that their travel plan for Pongal to their native place would be completely affected if the scenario continues.

Members of various trade unions staged a demonstration in front of the TNSTC Erode Division office on Chennimalai Road in support of the protesting employees. They said that employees urged the government to immediately release the pending dues to them.

Meanwhile, the police on Sunday arrested Ramu, a conductor attached to the Bhavani depot, for pelting stone on a bus and damaging the windscreen. The bus was returning from Mettur to Bhavani with a few passengers and was driven by Krishnamoorthy of Ammapet while Saravanan was the conductor. Both were affiliated to Anna Thozhiar Sangam, affiliated to the AIADMK. While nearing KariyaKaliamman temple, an unidentified person in a two-wheeler pelted stone and escaped. The windscreen was completely damaged and the driver stopped the bus. Based on a complaint, Ammapet police registered a case and arrested Ramu.

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