Tragic Turn to TSRTC Strike as Bus Driver Dies After Setting Himself Ablaze, Colleagues Stage Protest

Following the death of the TSRTC driver, who had been on strike for a week, employees of the state’s transport body protested outside the Apollo DRDO Hospital where he was being treated.

Khammam: A driver of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation, who set himself ablaze at his house near Khammam, reportedly in protest against the government not acceding to the demands of the striking employees, succumbed to his burns at a hospital here on Sunday.

Police said they were probing why the driver took the extreme step.

Srinivas Reddy, working in the Khammam depot, who was part of the group of employees on a state-wide strike for the last died of burn injuries, hospital sources said. He had doused himself with petrol and set himself afire near his house on Saturday.

Khammam Commissioner of Police Tafseer Iqbal told PTI that the situation in Khammam, where tension prevailed after the incident, was normal and peaceful.

Following the incident, tension had prevailed in the town with striking employees staging a demonstration at the hospital and shouting slogans against the TRS Government and reportedly damaging the windowpanes of a hired bus.

Then on Sunday, the TSRTC employees protested outside the Apollo DRDO Hospital where the driver was being treated. His family has alleged that he was depressed over the state government’s dismissive behaviour of the strike.

Employees and workers unions of TSRTC have been on an indefinite strike from October 5 across Telangana, demanding merger of the RTC with the government and recruitment to various posts, among others.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has said there was no question of having talks with the striking employees or taking them back. Rao also directed officials to restore bus services and if need be, recruit employees, utilise the services of retired RTC and Police department drivers.

Source: News18

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