Thousands of commuters across Haryana were stranded on Saturday as Haryana Roadways employees went on a flash strike.
The call to strike was given by the Haryana Roadways Employees coordination committee in order to support the demands of the roadways staff, namely the immediate withdrawal of the route permits given by the state government to private bus operators.
Scores of employees of the Karnal depot of Haryana Roadways suspended work. Roadway employees union leader Ravi Shankar said the Congress government had violated the earlier commitment to hold deliberations with the coordination committee comprising ministers, bureaucrats and union leaders.
He said as a section of roadways employees at Kaithal protested against the “indifferent” attitude of the state government, they were booked under various criminal sections. “The state government has decided to give licences to 3,519 private buses. This is breach of trust and the government was eyeing to benefit its own men,” he said.
The flash strike by the roadways staff left commuters high and dry. People had to board overcrowded private buses on the inter-district routes, while buses from other states, plying on the NH-1, were also filled to capacity.
The district administration deployed police at the bus stand to maintain law and order.