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Flash bus strike hits commuters

HOWRAH: Commuters, who take buses from Howrah Maidan, suffered a great deal on Monday due to a day-long flash strike by way of operators, drivers and conductors of mini buses plying on 10 Kolkata-bound routes.

The strike was once referred to as after law enforcement officials allegedly thrashed a mini bus driving force round 8am for urinating in a drain close to the MG Road-GT Road crossing. The driving force suffered accidents to his abdomen and private parts. Later, police got him admitted to a Howrah clinic.

Enraged drivers, conductors and homeowners of round 280 buses straight away stopped services and products in protest. Passengers, who had taken seats on buses at Howrah Maidan terminus, had been asked to get off. Around 8am, the protesters staged an indication on MG Road, challenging an finish to "police atrocities".

Bimala Saha (63) of Howrah's Rajballav Saha Lane stated, "I was headed to my ailing daughter's house at Salt Lake's Karunamoyee. I urged them to at least ply those buses for which tickets had been sold. But they returned the money for the tickets and refused to ply the buses. I am against police atrocities, but passengers must not be subjected to such sudden harassment."

Bank worker Amit Roy from Howrah's Kadamtala stated, "They could have aired their grievances in other ways. They could have filed an FIR against the cops who beat up the driver. They could have agitated before the top brass of Howrah City Police. Why stop services and harass passengers?"

An officer stated, "We will discuss this with representatives of the associations of mini bus owners and bus staffers."

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