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Karnataka / Bengaluru : Karnataka transport employees strike,Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant warns transport employees not to stage protest

Yogesh K Porwar

With the surge in coronavirus cases in the city, the Bengaluru police Commissioner Kamal Pant has prohibited rallies,demonstrations,public gathering,functions and group prayers to prevent the spread of the disease.

It is also so timed that the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation employees have decided to go on an indefinite strike to press the government for their various demands.

Prohibitory orders in the wake of covid guidelines in force and hence any kind of procession or protests have been prohibited,he said.

Speaking to reporters at his office on Tuesday,he said,The Covid rules are in place for the sake of public health.

No protest,no gathering of public or joining the group.Section 144 is already in force.No organization has come forward and asked for permission to .Thus,those who engages in unpleasant incidents will be arrested and produced before the court,Pant said.

The Department of Transport has allowed private transport,including private buses,Maxi-cab and TT, for the convenience to the public.Strict action will be taken if the interference of private vehicles is disrupted.Adequate security is provided to the transport workers who come forward to perform the duty.There is no need to worry,he promised.

No private vehicles,including auto,can extort money from the public in the wake of the strike. Only the prescribed fee.Action will be taken against those who charge higher fares in violation of the rules,Kamal Pant warned.

Those transport employees or miscreants who violate the law will be dealt strictly and be arrested and case under IPC section will be booked there will be no preventive arrest.

Since the prohibitory orders under section 144 is in force till April 20,eloborate security arrangements have been taken.

DCP intelligence has been instructed to monitor the situation and coordinate with BMTC and KSRTC officials to provide necessary security.

Moving buses will be provided security cover and also employees who wanted to attend work will be given security cover, Mr.Pant said.

Since the covid guidelines enforcement is in force till april 20, the police have been instructed to ensure there will be no gathering or any form of protest or procession on roads,he reiterated.

BMRCL,Chief Public relation officer, Yeshavanth Chavan said,”For mitigating the inconvenience of the public in a bus strike,BMRCL will be stepping up the frequency across all metro operational hours between 7.00 am to 9.00 pm with immediate effect.

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