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Assault on driver results in a flash strike by TSNTC crews in Vellore

Traffic was backed up for more than a kilometer on the old Palar bridge near the new Vellore bus stand following agitated TNSTC bus crews going on a flash strike demanding protection following a driver being assaulted by two private employees on Saturday.

Assault on driver results in a flash strike by TSNTC crews in Vellore
The assaulted driver Selvam (left) and the melee in front of the new Vellore bus stand.

It all started when driver Selvam (49) of Vannankulam in Tiruvannamalai district who had driven a TNSTC bus from Ambattur to Vellore. As many vehicles blocked the entrance to the new bus stand, he honked the vehicle’s air horn resulting in two employees of a nearby private eatery objecting to his action.

Though he said he had to use the horn to clear the way to enter the bus stand the duo turned abusive and though the bus entered the terminus, the duo followed the vehicle into the area and when Selvam disembarked, they picked up a quarrel with him resulting in their assaulting him with a key resulting in bleeding injuries to his face.

On hearing his shouts, Selvam’s colleagues rushed to his aid, and seeing this, the duo locked up their stall and fled from the scene. Immediately all TNSTC crews parked their vehicles helter-skelter with even town buses from the Katpadi area parking their vehicles in a haphazard manner near the Selliamman temple. This resulted in traffic from Katpadi being blocked for nearly an hour.

Police rushed to the spot and held talks with the agitating crews who demanded safety for their lives and wanted the duo to be arrested immediately. After further confabulations, the crews accepted that police would arrest them at the earliest and gave up their agitation.

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