Hyderabad Twin Cities: An argument between a conductor and a passenger over refund of one rupee led to suspension of lady conductor and the lightning strike by the crew of eight bus depots in the city on Monday.
The TSRTC buses of eight depots in the city came to a grinding halt in the city as drivers and conductors boycotted duties when the conductor, who was unable to refund one rupee coin to the woman passenger, was placed under suspension. As the buses were abandoned by the crew, those going to their work places, offices, schools and colleges were left with disappointment.
It is learnt that the issue started when conductor Ratna Kumari did not refund change of one rupee to a woman passenger, stating she did not have the change. The protesting passenger got into an argument with the conductor and the fellow passengers joined her.
Later, they lodged a complaint with the RTC authorities, who promptly suspended the conductor. As the news of the suspension spread, RTC employees staged a protest at their respective depots resulting in fewer buses plying on the city roads on Monday morning. As a result, the commuters were left stranded at several bus stops as they did not know about strike. Auto and cab drivers, however, had a field day.
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