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Haryana roadways employees strike enters third day

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Fatehabad, May 6 (UNI) The state-wide strike by the Haryana Roadways employees continued for the third day today even as the police arrested seven striking employees this morning.

There was no end to the hardships faced by the commuters as the buses remained off the road for the third day today.The employees are demanding the release of all those roadways workers who were arrested from Hisar on Thursday while trying to prevent the plying of Volvo coaches on the Hisar-Chandigarh and Hisar-New Delhi routes as they claimed these were not economically viable.

The police today took into custody seven more roadways employees sitting on dharna outside the local roadways depot. There were also reports of arrests from other parts of the state but these could not be confirmed.

The SDM Yogesh Mehta, General Manager Haryana Roadways Baljit Singh and other senior officials of the district reached the local bus stand in the morning and tried to resolve the strike. The officers tried to send some buses on the routes through private drivers, but the roadways employees resisted the move and did not allow the buses to go out of the bus stand.

The striking employees raised slogans against Transport Minister, Randeep Singh Surjewala. Activists of other employees unions affiliated to the Sarva Karamchari Sangh also reached the bus stand and supported the strike by the roadways workers.

The workers, who were arrested by the police in the morning today are Satbir Singh Dahiya, Nihal Singh, Ajay Singh, Surender Malik, Ram Swaroop, Chunni Lal and Gaje Singh.

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