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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh , July 15, 2013
Even as Haryana Roadways drivers' have threatened not to ply buses to Delhi for three days from July 19 to 21, to protest against alleged harassment by Delhi police, Arun Kumar director general of transport, Haryana, on Monday warned that strict action would be taken against those who would participate in the said call given by the Haryana Roadways Workers Joint Action Committee.


Kumar said, "Special teams had been constituted to keep an eye over the situation and ensure that the buses were plied from July 19 to 21 in the wake of the call."

Kumar met the general managers of Haryana Roadways and said that instructions to initiate strict action against erring employees had already been issued.

The loss on account of no bus services to Delhi will be charged from the salary of the drivers and conductors who participated in the call given by the committee on June 15.

It was also mooted at the meeting that criminal case should be registered against those union leaders and other employees who were present during the strike and physically obstructed and prevented the buses from going to Delhi and caused obstruction in the discharge of official duties.

It may be recalled that Haryana Roadways employees' had held a similar strike on June 15 to protest against the alleged harassment and unfair challaning of their buses by Delhi police.

A large number of passengers of about 1,000 buses plying between different depots of Haryana to Delhi had thus undergone harrowing times as they were dropped at the borders of the national capital.


Drivers refuse to budge
Meanwhile, Dharampal Hooda, general secretary of the Haryana Roadways Employees' Union, told HT that the union had held a meeting at Panipat on Monday and decided to drop passengers at the Delhi border.

Pertaining to the action against employees participating in the strike, Hooda said that the employees would take part in the strike irrespective of any action. He also said that the roadways employees' would observe a one-day strike in Gurgaon on July 25 against the introduction of private buses on contract there and a three-hour strike in Faridabad against privatisation of workshop.