VILLUPURAM: Nearly 20 TNSTC and private bus drivers went on a wildcat strike at Ulundurpet on Monday, condemning the attack on a TNSTC bus driver by a trio. Later, they withdrew the protest after an hour as police assured to take action.
According to sources, Palanichamy(45), the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation bus driver, on Monday morning, was taking the bus from Ulundurpet to Kalthirunavalur. The bus stopped at Olayanur near Ulundurpet to pick up passengers. It was then one Subramani(35) stopped his bike in front of the bus.
Palanichamy asked him to move the bike as he had to take the bus, but Subramani said he would not for sometime.
This led to an argument and to support Subramani, his father Kuppusamy(60) and older brother Velu(40) came to the spot and at one point they attacked Palanichamy with a wooden log and iron pipe.
In this attack, Palanichamy sustained severe injury in his hand while trying to defend himself. The trio ran away from the spot.
Passengers took Palanichamy to the Government Hospital, Ulundurpet, for treatment.
Meantime, this news reached other bus drivers, and nearly 20 TNSTC and private bus drivers stopped their buses in the middle of the Ulundurpet-Chennai road, condemning the attack against Palanichamy and demanding the arrest the trio. The drivers said that only after that, they would operate the buses.
Police rushed to the spot and held talks with the drivers and promised to take action against the trio. Based on that, the drivers withdrew their protest. Since it happened in the morning peak hour, students and people going or work faced trouble as the bus service and traffic on the Ulundurpet-Chennai and Tiruchy-Chennai highways got affected.