The city bus service remained suspended for at least four hours following a brawl between a bus staff and auto-rickshaw drivers on Monday, putting hundreds of commuters to unnecessary inconvenience.
The incident took place at 1.45pm. According to city bus driver Karamjit, an auto-rickshaw driver entered into a brawl with him. The things turned ugly when the auto-rickshaw driver along with his accomplices allegedly assaulted Karamjit following a heated argument.
The staff of other city buses which were plying in the area saved Karamjit from the fury of auto-rickshaw drivers and informed the police.
Baljit Singh, manager of the city bus service, alleged that instead of taking an action against the auto-rickshaw driver, a police personnel of the Salem Tabri police station slapped Karamjit Singh.
The commuters, especially women, suffered a lot due to the undeclared strike of the city buses.
The city bus staff resumed the services at 6pm following the intervention of municipal commissioner MS Jaggi and top police officers in the matter.
Sources said around 10 low-floor buses under the city bus service ply on the route from the bus stand to the Jalandhar bypass and vice-versa. The authorities had proposed to expand the bus services to other routes of the city.
The city bus service has got a tremendous response from the public, as auto-rickshaw drivers were fleecing the public.