Wednesday, January 23, 2008

20 arrested for deflating tyres, stone-throwing

20 arrested for deflating tyres, stone-throwing

Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: The Bangalore police have arrested over 20 persons on charges of stone throwing, deflating the tyres of vehicles and forcibly shutting down schools and factories in different parts of the city during the indefinite transport strike that commenced from Sunday midnight.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Bipin Gopalakrishna told The Hindu that minor incidents of miscreants stoning transport vehicles were reported from six places in the city.

The protesters deflated the tyres of several vans, cars and MUVs transporting children to schools and also forced managements to close the schools in different areas, he said. The police have registered criminal cases against the miscreants in Subramanyanagar, Madivala, Thyagrajanagar and Basaveshwaranagar police stations.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-East) Soumendu Mukherjee, who has jurisdiction over the city’s IT belt, the transport strike did not make much impact on the IT and ITES industries.

“Though some cabs were off the roads to express solidarity with the transporters’ unions, the movement of cabs transporting call centre and BPO firms employees was almost normal,” he said.

According to Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order) Shankar M. Bidari, the strike passed off peacefully in the rest of the State.


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