Commuters suffer as BMTC staff go on snap stir

A road rage incident between an autorickshaw driver and a BMTC bus conductor and driver Wednesday night, led to a prolonged protest by a section of BMTC employees at Rajarajeshwarinagar (Depot 21) causing invonvenience to hundreds of commuters, Thursday morning.

An auto driver allegedly assaulted the conductor and the driver of a BMTC bus after it hit his vehicle near Nimishamba Temple in Rajarajeshwarinagar Wednesday night. Later, driver Prabhureddy and conductor Sundararaj complained to the Rajarajeshwari police station.
Thursday morning, the BMTC employees of Depot 21 refused to report for duty and staged a protest against police inaction.

The Rajarajeshwarinagar police inspector, however, told Deccan Herald, that Prabhureddy and Sundararaj had only informed the police about the incident and did not file a written complaint. The two arrived at the police station on Thursday morning and lodged a written complaint and also furnished the autorickshaw number, he added. “We are on the lookout for the autorickshaw. The question of police inaction does not arise,” he said.

But BMTC Depot 21 Manager Ramachandra noted that his employees were irked as the police refused to act despite the complaint.

As many as 17 buses scheduled for Yelahanka, Majestic and K R Market areas were blocked at the depot since Thursday morning. The situation eased at around noon when the police finally registered an FIR and picked the auto driver for interrogation, he said. The episode disrupted the travel plans of hundreds of passengers on these routes.

“I called the bus depot twice in the morning but the staff there were not sure about the services. With no solution in sight, I had to take an autorickshaw,” said B S Koshti, a commuter.

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