Residents were left to fend for themselves following a strike by the drivers of the City Bus Service on Saturday. Buses did not ply on roads till afternoon as the drivers alleged a senior official of Prasanna Purple Mobility Solutions Pvt Ltd allegedly misbehaved with them on Friday when they raised the matter of a colleague being slapped by a cop.
However, a compromise was reached between the police and the protesting drivers on Friday.
Prasanna Purple Mobility Solutions maintains and operates City Bus Service. After going on protest, the drives also started demanding hike in salaries and sought that their working time should be fixed for eight hours in a day. They also refused to do night duty and asked the company to issue them salary slips.
On Saturday, when majority of drivers were sitting on protest outside the workshop on Tajpur Road, a driver, who was not participating in the protest, challenged his protesting colleagues he will operate bus as usual. The protesting and non-protesting employees entered into a scuffle following which both parties made police complaints against each other.
Driver Gurcharan Singh alleged that the protesting drivers had beaten him up when he tried to operate the bus, while supervisor Avtar Singh Gandhi alleged that the protesting drivers had beaten him up and also used abusive language.
On the other hand, Parjit Singh, who was leading the group of protesting drivers, claimed that Avtar Singh and Gurcharan misbehaved with them and entered into scuffle with them. He alleged that they also beat up a few of their protesting employees.
On the intervention of the police, the employees postponed their protest for five days. “If our demands are not fulfilled, we will again stage protest,” said Parjit.
The protesting drivers also accused the authorities that their salaries were being deducted without any reason.
Aha rassed passenger, Deepinder Singh, said, “This is only harassment as the City Bus Service employees go on strike after every few days. The authorities concerned have failed to think about passengers who suffer the most due to these strikes.”