Day after clash, auto-rickshaw, taxi drivers brandish swords

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 19, 2015 12:52 IST
Members of the Tricity Taxi Operators Welfare Association protesting against the police (Sant Arora/HT Photo)

A show of strength by web-based taxi operators allege harassment by Govt Railway Police; SIT formed to probe reasons behind clash, role of ASI accused of accepting bribe.

Tension prevailed at the Chandigarh railway station even on Saturday as members of the web-based taxis protested against the registration of an FIR against them. Meanwhile, the railway police have also constituted a five-member special investigation team (SIT) to probe into the clash at the station on Friday that left many people injured.

Members of the Tricity Taxi Operators Welfare Association protesting against the police; a man brandishing a sword; and a cop holding an axe confiscated from one of the protesters, at Chandigarh railway station on Saturday.

Though no untoward incident was reported on Saturday, members of both the unions - webbased cab operators and threewheeler association - were seen roaming armed at the railway station.

Panic griped when the Tricity Taxi Operators Welfare Association members descended at the railway station to protest against the FIR.

“We were beaten up and a case under non-bailable offences was registered against us. These auto drivers harass us every time we go to pick or drop a passenger at the railway station, which is why we are protesting against the injustice,” Rajesh Kumar, president, Tricity Taxi Operators Welfare Association.

“The SIT formed to investigate the Friday’s clash - headed by government railway police (GRP) inspector Karambir Singh - has been asked to submit the report as soon as possible after which, the necessary action will be taken,” said Suresh Kaushik, deputy superintendent of police, GRP, Ambala Cantt.

Reasons for clash, asi’s role to be probed

Apart from finding out the reasons and persons responsible for the clash, the SIT will also look into the allegations of the Tricity Taxi Operators Welfare Association accusing a GRP assistant sub-inspector of accepting bribe from autodrivers.

On Wednesday, the taxi operators had lodged a complaint, accusing her of harassing them by issuing wrong challans after she was tipped off by auto drivers. The complaint is also being seen as one of the reasons for the clash. Meanwhile, the ASI, who has been accused of taking bribe, has been transferred. “The ASI has been shifted to a police station till the probe is on,” said Suresh Kaushik, deputy superintendent of police, GRP, Ambala Cantt.

Commuters at receiving end

The residents travelling to and from the city were at the receiving end as they had to walk to the railway station from the railway light point owing to heavy barricading by the railway police, restricting the entry to the railway station.

“The auto driver dropped me at the railway light point from where, I had to carry my luggage on my own,” said Rohit, who was travelling to Delhi on Saturday.

“Since I could not find a cab or an auto, I had to call my relatives to pick me up. I saw a few men moving around with sticks in their hand, which was a bit scary,” said Amanpreet Kaur, who came from Delhi.

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