Chandigarh, May 5 (UNI) A day after police lathicharged on the Haryana Roadways employees protesting against the newly launched Volvo service from Hisar to Delhi and Chandigarh, employees went on a day-long statewide strike, paralysing transport services today.
In Sonepat, police swooped down on the agitating employees as they began their strike at 0500 hrs and arrested 18 protesters. They were, however, released, later in the day.
In Hisar, where over 42 employees were injured in police lathicharge, CITU general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Tapan Sen said the lathicharge issue would be raised in the coming session of the Parliament House.
He demanded the Volvo bus service, which had caused a lot of anguish among the Haryana Roadways employees, be stopped forthwith.
No Haryana Roadways buses were allowed to ply after 0700 hrs today from the Inter state Bus Terminus (ISBT)by the agitating employees here in the state capital. Some early morning buses left the ISBT for their respective destination.
Haryana Roadways buses were completely off the roads in Rohtak district also where the protesters sat on a dharna against the lathicharge.
In Ambala, barring a few Delhi-bound buses, no state roadways traffic was allowed to operate to any destination in Haryana.
Chakka jam was also observed elsewhere in the state, with reports of employees observing strike coming from Hisar, Sirsa, Kurukshetra, Jind and several other places.
Haryana Roadways employees were lathicharged by the police in Hisar yesterday when they tried to prevent two luxury Volvo coaches from leaving the general bus stand there, for the inaugural runs to Chandigarh and New Delhi.
As many as 50 protesting employees were rounded off of which 22 were arrested after an FIR was registered against them.
The two buses later left the bus stand with police escorts on their respective routes.
The employees are protesting against the introduction of luxury Volvo coaches claiming that these buses were not financially viable. They are demanding that instead of introducing the luxury coaches, efforts should be made to improve the existing delux coach services to Chandigarh and New Delhi, which were also running in losses.
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