Protesting against the seizure of more than 200 auto-rickshaws plying illegally in the city by the Amritsar traffic police, auto-rickshaw unions observed a strike on Monday. As a result, auto-rickshaw services remained unavailable in a number of areas in the city, much to the inconvenience of those commuting regularly by auto-rickshaws.
In a meeting held on Monday to decide the further course of action, these unions have given a call for Amritsar Bandh on Diwali to protest the action taken against them. The leaders of auto-rickshaw unions have decided not just to observe a black Diwali, but also to 'gherao' the officials concerned and hold demonstrations outside their residences on Diwali.
Terming the action against them as part of the SAD-BJP government to break their unity, the protestors resorted to sloganeering against the government, whom they accused of snatching away their means of livelihood.
The union leaders said that on Diwali, key places of transit as the railway station and the bus stand would also be forcibly closed by causing jams. According to the traffic police officials, more than 25,000 auto-rickshaws are plying in the city, of which a majority is operating in violation of the norms.