Mangaluru: The Bus employees staged a protest after a conductor was arrested while he was on duty at Elyarpadav by the Ullal police here, on August 22.
According to the police, on August 21, three employees of a bus named ‘Bayar’ were sitting on the front seat on the left side of the driver. Two women were also seated on the same seat. One of the passengers, Naveen from Tammanakatte Amblamogeru, who was travelling in the bus, observed the three men troubling the women. He confronted them and objected them from sitting beside the women. The conductor then requested them to vacate the seat and sit on the last seat of the bus.
In a fit of rage, three of them along with two others assaulted Naveen. In this regard,Naveen filed a complaint in the Ullal police station against the five, Imran, Ansar, Sharif, Rizwan and Ameer.
Based on the complaint filed by Naveen, the Ullal police arrested Junaid and Ansar of another bus, ‘Ashwini’, which was plying from Mangaluru to Elyarpadav, while they were on duty.
As soon as news of the arrest spread, employees of all the buses plying on the Ullal-Mangaluru route staged a protest. It resulted in inconvenience to college students, school children and people who depend on buses to go to work. The Konaje police or the concerned authorities have not yet stepped in to restore the buses on the affected route.