Bandh Total , Buses damaged, drivers injured in Yadgir

The protest called by the employees of the North East Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC) demanding wage hike and other benefits was total across the district.

Bus services in the city limits and rural areas were suspended.

“Four depots in the Yadgir division have 373 buses which operate 320 schedules a day. All of them were off the road. Of the 1,700 employees, except supervisors and security staff, none attended the duty,” Santosh Gogeri, Divisional Controller told The Hindu . The division incurred a loss of Rs. 30 lakh, he added.

Passengers, who came from Bengaluru and other parts by trains, were inconvenienced. There were reports that private vehicles were demanding higher charges.

The new bus terminus wore a deserted look.

The situation was similar in Shahpur and Surpur and commercial towns like Hunsagi, Gurmitkal, Wadagera and Saidapur, which are connecting several villages too.

Five buses were damaged and two drivers were injured in stone-pelting on Sunday evening and Monday morning in the wake of the protest called by the employees of the North-Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC).

Of the five buses, four belonged to the Shahpur and Surpur depots of the Yadgir division and one was from Aland depot of the Kalaburagi Division.

Three buses belonging to the Surpur depot were attacked by miscreants with stones at Sirguppa town and Ballari in Ballari district and Kavadimatti village in Surpur taluk when they were returning from Bengaluru on Monday morning, Santosh Gogeri, Divisional Controller, Yadgir division, told The Hindu .

One bus belonging to Shahpur depot, which was going to Pune from Shahpur via Surpur, was stoned near Hattigudur village on Sunday evening. Driver Rafiq suffered minor injuries.

Another bus belonging to the Aland depot, which was returning from Bengaluru, was stoned near Kavadimatti village in Surpur taluk and the driver, Chandrakanth, suffered injuries. Both the drivers were rushed to the taluk hospital at Surpur.

THE HINDU

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