Mangaluru: School children vehicle drivers begin indefinite strike

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (MS) 

Mangaluru, Jul 11: School Children Transport Vehicle Drivers' Association has begun indefinite strike from Thursday, June 11 accusing the police of constant harassment in the name of protection and law. 

The association will hold a huge protest meeting in front of the DC office on Friday, July 12. State High Court has sent out an order to the police to keep vigil on the limit of number of children that are carried in the private vehicles that transport children to school. The drivers of these vehicles have alleged that the police are harassing them continuously since a month through slapping of cases and huge fines citing the implementation of the order of High court. 

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Slapping case even if there are children within the limit prescribed, suspension of licence, slapping one over the other cases on the driver, using abusive language etc are the atrocities that are carried out by the police on the drivers, said the association. 

DCP - Crime and ACP Traffic held meeting with concerned. As per law such vehicles cannot carry excess school children. Also, High Court of Karnataka has given specific direction that cases should be booked against such vehicles carrying excess children, and is monitoring the action taken. 

Above points have been brought to the notice of the association that they have to follow the law and direction of High Court, and to call off the strike so that school children are not put to inconvenience and rather the association follow the rules and help in children safety.