TSRTC strike enters 3rd day: JAC leaders held in Hyderabad

TSRTC strike enters 3rd day: JAC leaders held in Hyderabad

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Hyderabad, Oct 7: Hyderabad police on Monday arrested dozens of Telangana Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) leaders including its JAC Convenor Ashwathama Reddy when they tried to stage protests at Gun Park near state Assembly for taking anti-employees stand by the government.

Tension prevailed at Telangana Martyrs’ memorial at Gun park when RTC union leaders and employees were arrested after reaching there to launch a day-long fast.The indefinite strike by unions of TSRTC entered the third day today and majority of buses stayed off the roads across the state.

To intensify their agitation, the union leaders had earlier planned to hold a day-long fast at Indira park today but cancelled due to police denied permission.Several party leaders including Left , TDP, Congress and Trade unions also expressed their support for the day-long fast.

In a sensational move, the state government had sacked over 48,000 employees and workers of Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) on Sunday for embarking on an indefinite strike demanding solution to their long-pending problems including merging of RTC with the Government.

The striking workers had refused call off the strike before the deadline of 6 pm announced by the State Government on Saturday.Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, who held a high-level meeting of officials of the Transport department yesterday, ruled out any negotiations with the sacked employees.

"It is illegal that they went on a strike during the festive season and at a time when the TSRTC was incurring a huge loss of Rs 1,200 crore and its debt burden had gone up to Rs 5,000 crore," Mr Rao said.He also made it clear that under ‘no circumstances the government would merge the TSRTC with the State government’.

Nearly 50,000 employees and workers of TSRTC had been on strike since Friday midnight pressing for solution to their 26 demands including the merger of the corporation with the government. UNI