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Treat us with dignity, cab drivers in city tell police


COIMBATORE: Taxi drivers in the town staged a protest on Tuesday challenging that police personnel treat them with dignity.

The protest comes in the background of the suicide of taxi driving force Rajesh Kumar in Chennai, who allegedly killed himself after careworn by means of a policeman. “He was ready to pick up a lady customer when a cop abused him verbally and used derogatory language. Dejected by means of this, he jumped in front of a train on the Maraimalai Nagar Railway Station. He had sent a video message to his family and friends citing police harassment as the cause of the drastic step,” local president of the Federation of Tourist Taxi and Call Taxi Association S Murthy said.


The affiliation has asked senior law enforcement officials to coach and sensitise personnel to treat taxi drivers with dignity, said Murthy. About 200 taxi drivers from several associations participated in the demonstration.


Meanwhile, after messages from Chennai a few plan to strike work on Sunday reached the town, a bit of drivers struck work on Tuesday. Several taxis parked on the railway station had posters saying the strike. City citizens, who attempted e book cabs the use of apps, said they had been advised by means of the drivers that the taxis received’t be running on Tuesday.


The affiliation additionally sought after the government to bring petrol and diesel beneath the GST regime and lower 3rd party insurance. “Third-party insurance rates were hiked too much. Also, several toll plazas, whose licences have expired, continue to collect fare. Our demonstration was towards those issues additionally,” added Murthy.




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