Three men walk into PRTC workshop with threat to blow up buses; 1 held, service hit
With the situation remaining tense due to the dera unrest, the PRTC again suspended its services in the Malwa belt on MondayUpdated: Aug 28, 2017 19:40 IST
Hindustan Times, Patiala
Three unidentified men entered the workshop of the Punjab-run Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) in Sangrur around 11.30 pm on Sunday and threatened to blow up buses.
“The staff on emergency duty got hold of one of the three youths, who was later handed over to the police for further investigation,” said PRTC managing director Manjit Singh Narang.
However, police said it was not yet known if the arrested person has any association with the Dera Sacha Sauda, whose followers have been angry ever since its chief was convicted of rape on Friday.
Meanwhile, the PRTC MD directed the general managers of its nine depots to put staff on night duty.
With the situation remaining tense due to the dera unrest, the PRTC again suspended its services in the Malwa belt on Monday. Only Chandigarh, Kapurthala and Ludhiana depots remained operational.
Narang said the corporation has managed to run only one-third of its 1,045 buses, causing severe financial loss to PRTC as their services at Bathinda, Budhlada, Sangrur, Barnala and Patiala depot remained suspended.
“We will review the situation on Tuesday morning and take a final call on resumption,” Narang said.
First Published: Aug 28, 2017 19:39 IST