The people of Durgapur sighed relief on hearing the news that the indefinite bus strike called by the Bus Owners Association of Durgapur has ended. The indefinite bus strike began on yesterday, 10th August, Friday to protest the non-bailable charge on the bus driver arrested for running over a Class I girl on August 6.
After a meeting last night with the concerned authority at the behest of the Durgapur Mayor, the bus owners decided to end the strike after getting assurances that their demand will be looked with a positive outlook by the earliest. Assurances were also given on the safety of the buses plying on the road and steps to improve the road conditions. Normalcy has now been restored and mini buses are now plying on the road as usual giving a much needed relief to the people of Durgapur.
The industrial city of Durgapur virtually came to a standstill as there were no mini buses plying on the road yesterday. Adding to the owes the auto rickshaws demanded hefty fare. Hundreds of commuters, students had a harrowing time as no buses plied since the morning in the township and the private car operators, three wheelers and taxis hiked their fares.
The mini bus employees backed by the Trinamool-led Bus Sramik Paribahan Samiti demanded immediate release of the driver who has been remanded in jail custody for a fortnight since August 7 and also the withdrawal of the section 304 IPC on him. The bus owners association demanded adequate protection be given to the buses plying on the road and measures is taken to improve the road condition and signaling system.
Susnata Ghosh, the driver of the ill fated bus of 8B route of Durgapur plying between Benachity Prantika and Durgapur Railway Station, through Bidhan Nagar and Sagarbhanga, however surrendered on his own after the bus ran over a school girl at J.P.Avenue. It must be mentioned here, that after the accident, the locals burnt and damaged two other mini buses of the 8B route. After that, buses of the 8B route (Bidhan Nagar route) has been immediately taken off the road as owners and bus employees feared further attack on them. As a result of this the people of Bidhan Nagar, Sagarbhanga had a torrid since from 6th August.