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Private bus strike affects normal life in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Sep 29: Normal life was affected on Thursday across the State, including Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, with over 18,000 private buses commencing an 24-hour strike, protesting the arrest owner of ‘Maharaja’ a bus which met an accident near Manitri of Athmallick in Angul district on September 9 killing 19 persons. The private buses will stay off the roads from till 6 am on Friday.

The State truck association has also lent its moral support to the strike called by the All Odisha Private Bus Owners’ Association.

The association has also threatened to go for a strike for an indefinite period from October 7 if the owner of the bus is not released immediately and the cases registered against him is withdrawn.

Notably, Maharaja bus owner Rusav Kumar Tripathy by the Angul police.

Meanwhile, commuters were facing trouble with buses not turning up for work.

Though several rounds of reconciliatory meetings held between the association and Transport Minister Ramesh Majhi had failed with both sides sticking to their stand.

In the wake of the strike, public were depending on private and own vehicles for commuting even as several commuters complained that private transporters were overcharging.

Meanwhile, after meeting with Minister Majhi and others, the owners said that they would decide on their indefinite strike decision at the general body meeting on October 5.

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