ANDHRA PRADESH

Police to discipline auto drivers

Special Correspondent

Five major offences, in which autoworkers figured as accused, reported in Kurnool

KURNOOL: The police have decided to launch a special drive to enforce discipline among autorickshaw drivers following reports of five major offences in the city in which autoworkers figured as accused.

Sivasankar Reddy, a retired employee, who engaged an auto to reach home from a bus station was waylaid around 9 p.m. and murdered. In another incident, an autoworker and his friends murdered Tikkanna and dumped the body in the KC canal. Another person Govindaraju was murdered near bus station. Two incidents of gang rape were also reported. Autorickshaw borne assailants were found to have taken part in committing the offences.

The number of autorickshaws rose to 6,000 in the city emerging as a major source of employment for youth from villages. Many anti-social elements also took shelter in the field and indulged in criminal activities. The police too were shying away from enforcing discipline among them as trade unions opposed any kind of harassment. The police top brass viewed the five offences as serious threat to public tranquillity and safety and decided to form special teams to patrol the city roads during nights.