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Mini buses on strike, commuters suffer

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Jamshedpur : Shikshit Berozgar Mini Bus Association (SBMBA), the apex body of private bus went on strike in protest against the police attitude against one of the operators in whose bus an eve teasing incident forced school girls to jump off on Saturday.

Peeved over the incident the bus operators staged a demonstration in front of the East Singhbhum senior superintendent of police later gave an ultimatum of 48 hours to the district police to release the bus owner.

The Shikshit Berozgar Mini Bus Association, under which about 130 mini buses ply everyday in all the 14 routes of the city conducted a meeting today. The association said that about 1000 individuals are facing tough time from the police.

The bus association has also demanded proper security, in terms of deployment of police on roads in which the bus moves till the Durga Puja to prevent incidents of forcible donations.

Normal life was thrown out of gear in Jamshedpur as private buses and minibuses did not ply as operators called a strike.

Commuters in Jamshedpur faced a harrowing time as only a handful of private and minibuses hit the roads. Many travelled standing on footboards of overcrowded buses.

Benefitting from the buses strike, auto-rickshaws charged two to three times the normal fare from passengers. Casual workers, students and other labourers in interior parts of city relied only on mini-buses to reach their work spots and return homes safely.

The stir resulted in public walking long distances to catch alternative modes of transportation like share autorickshaws.

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