At least 100 RTC employees ready to join duty detained by police

South India

HYDERABAD: At least 100 employees of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC), have been detained by police while reporting for duty on Tuesday.

As per the report, the detained RTC workers were taken to Osmania University Police Station.
Earlier, the TSRTC-Joint Action Committee (JAC)had issued an order to call off the nearly two-month strike and asked the workers to join back services.
However, the state government has said it will not accept the agitating employees back for work.
The RTC employees have made it clear that they will report for duty and have officially called off their strike.
Employees of the TSRTC, who have been detained by police, alleged that there were being treated like Maoists and terrorists.
"We were ready to join our duties but the government is not ready to accept it. Since 4 am, we have been waiting for the manager to accept our application but we are being detained instead," Rajkumar, an RTC employee at Barkatpura depot here, told ANI.
Police have made security arrangements at Kukatpally depot. A two-tier police system is in place at the Secunderabad Jubilee Bus Station.
Heavy police deployment has been made at bus depots and at Bus Bhawan.
Police said they are ready to detain more workers if they agitate. Police forces also blocked RTC employees at the Kacheguda Railway Station.
On November 23, the Telangana High Court had refused to adjudicate on the issue of strike by around 48,000 TSRTC employees. It decided to refer the matter to the Labour Department for a settlement.
A state cabinet meeting will be held at Pragati Bhavan here on November 28, Thursday. The RTC issue is expected to be taken up among other issues during the meeting.
On Monday, the RTC employees called off their 52-day strike, during which at least five workers employed with the state-run organisation committed suicide.
The employees had been protesting since October 5 over several demands, including revision of pay.

With inputs from ANI
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