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Auto strike called off in the afternoon in Delhi

PTI | Last Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014 - 20:52

New Delhi: Commuters in various parts of the national Capital had to face problems to find an autorickshaw on roads till afternoon as a section of drivers went on strike in favour of their demands.

However, representatives of Delhi Autorickshaw Sangh, which had called the one-day strike against alleged highhandedness of traffic police, agreed to run vehicles around 1 PM after an assurance from senior police officials.
In morning, commuters in various parts of the national capital faced difficulty to find autorickshaws.

""I got late for office as I did not get any auto. Hiring an auto became difficult task for me," Subhash Pandey, a commuter.

"We decided to call off our one-day strike midway after senior traffic police officials assured us that traffic cops would not prevent drivers from taking passengers from Railway stations and Metro stations. They have also assured that traffic cops will not challan drivers by posing as passengers," Delhi Autorickshaw Sangh general secretary Rajendra Soni said.
Soni said that they were also promised by Delhi Traffic Police that a driver, who is going home in the evening and has put up a board of "No service" in front of his vehicle, would also not be challaned.

"After getting assurance, we announced to call off strike around 12.30 PM today and asked auto drivers to run their vehicles," he added.

Earlier in day, Several auto-rickshaw drivers associated with Delhi Autorickshaw Sangh held a protest march from Bal Bhawan to Ram Charan Agarwal Chowk.

First Published: Monday, July 28, 2014 - 09:19
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