Jamshedpur : In protest against manhandling of autos operators union officials by a police driver near Sakchi roundabout, nearly, 5,000 auto-rickshaws, went on nearly five-hour strike.
According to information at 10 am a driver of the Sakchi police station, identified as Basuki Dubey, had assaulted an Sikshit Berozgar Tempo Chalak Sangh (outfit of auto operators and drivers), general secretary Shyam Kinkar Jha near Sakchi roundabout and even detained him in Sakchi. The matter snowballed into major controversy leading auto drivers to protest.
However, after assurance by East Singhbhum SSP Anoop Birtharay and DSP traffic, Jamshedpur, Vivekanand Thakur of suspension of the accused driver and release of the auto outfit leader, the auto operators called off their strike at around 2.30 pm.
Former Jamshedpur West MLA and president of the SikshitBerozgar Tempo ChalakSangh, Banna Gupta said that they called off the agitation, after assurance by the police officials and the day marking last rites of former Prime Minister Atalji.
“We are shocked over the attitude of the police driver. He had assaulted our auto union official for no reason and even took him to Sakchi thana and detained him this forced us to launch the stir despite the day marking the last rites of a great leader like Atalji. However, the SSP and DSP traffic reached the Sakchi police station and ordered for release of auto union leader and arranged for his treatment at MGM Hospital and also assured of action against the accused police van driver. We have withdrawn the stir for the moment,” said Banna Gupta.
Meanwhile due to the strike, worst sufferers were the workers and daily wage earners as they could be seen standing on road sides terminus and had to take help of other modes (manual rickshaws) or walk to their homes.Those depending on share autorickshaws either looked for alternative modes or shelved their travel plans. In the absence of autorickshaws, the mini buses witnessed a huge rush of passengers.
Absence of autos also inconvenienced the passengers alighting from trains at the Tatanagar railway station. Numerous passengers who were not aware of the strike waited on the premises of the railway station before they were picked up either by relatives or other public vehicles.