EVEN AS the transport officers began their one-week dharna on Monday in response to the UP Parivahan Adhikari Sangh to demand an FIR against the Samajwadi Party MLA, who allegedly humiliated and beat up the ARTO, Kushinagar on August 12, an ARTO from Varanasi has come out with a similar complaint.
He, however, succeeded in lodging an FIR against a transporter, whose brother is a district panchayat chairman from the SP.
In his FIR lodged with the Jaunpur police, ARTO AK Singh Rajput said that he was checking on the Varanasi-Jaunpur route on Sunday morning when he spotted a truck (UP62 T-0855) loaded with iron rods. On checking, the truck was found over-loaded and was directed to be taken to the Phoolpur police station. But before the truck could be taken to the police station, truck owner Jaishankar Singh and his brother along with half-a-dozen supporters landed at the spot. They started beating up enforcement constable Padmakar Tiwari, who was taking the truck to the police station. They also beat up other constables and forcibly drove the truck away. Sources said that the truck owner’s brother, Shi Shankar Singh Yadav was the district panchayat chairman.
On the other hand, the Adhikari Sangh’s efforts to get an FIR lodged against the SP MLA from Kushinagar have not yielded any results so far. They also began a one-week dharna in protest.
As a natural corollary to the officers’ agitation since August 12, the transport department has lagged behind in its revenue collection target.
Contrary to last four months when it was meeting its target every month, this month it has been able to collect only around Rs 20 crore till date against the target of Rs 84 crore.
Adhikari Sangh president JA Siddiqi said that on the one hand the Government put a big target for us and suspended our officers for not meeting their targets, on the other the politicians of the ruling party itself were creating hurdles in the enforcement work. “The Government should tell us clearly in which areas we should not conduct checking,” he demanded.