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Auto drivers too make their presence felt

delhi Updated: Aug 18, 2011 01:05 IST
Shaswati Das

The city witnessed an unusual sight on Wednesday when auto-rickshaw drivers, who are usually found haggling with harried commuters over the fare, came out in support of Anna Hazare's campaign.

While a few of them gathered at the Jayaprakash Narayan Park, others joined protesters at India Gate. They were basically demanding action against those "corrupt transport officials, petty clerks and middlemen who harass them daily".

"This protest is against rampant corruption at the higher level, because of which we have to bribe officials at every step. Hence we are forced to overcharge customers as charging by the meter we won't be able to meet both ends," said Satpal Singh, an auto driver, who was protesting at India Gate.

However, those affiliated to the auto-rickshaw union, Nyaya-bhoomi, will strike work on Thursday. There is no information as to how long they will continue. "We are not sure when the strike will be called off, but we hope to send a strong message through this protest," said Abrar Ansari, who plans to join the protest on Thursday.