Bihar transporters suspend Gandhi Jayanti strike called against 'harassment' of owners

Patna: On Wednesday, the Bihar transport association announced to suspend its proposed one-day strike on Gandhi Jayanti called in protest against "harassment" of owners, drivers and carriers in the name of prohibition.

The decision to suspend the strike was taken at a meeting of Bihar Motor Transport Federation (BMTF) after talks with the Speaker of State Legislative Assembly Vijay Kumar Chaudhary.

BMTF President Uday Shankar Prasad Singh said in a statement that the Speaker told the delegation that communication has been sent to every district not to harass unnecessarily operators, drivers and assistants of commercial vehicles including buses, trucks, tempos and autos.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Singh said the transporters support liquor ban and to promote total prohibition in Bihar posters would be pasted in all commercial vehicles against liquor.

Angry over arrest of over a dozen owners, drivers and carriers across Bihar after seizure of liquor from other people on board their vehicles, the Bihar Motor Transport Federation had on 22 August decided to observe a one-day strike on 2 October in the state.

The Federation chief had said 1.25 lakh truckers, 40,000 bus owners and its employees, 25,000 carriers of four-wheeler and nearly one lakh tempo owners would keep the vehicles off the road on 2 October in protest.

The Federation had claimed that more than four dozen buses and trucks have been impounded in different police stations in the state on this ground, he claimed.

Singh admitted reduction in cases of harassment of commercial vehicles operators and staff in the name of prohibition.

Updated Date: Sep 28, 2016 15:13 PM

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