Road rage: DTC murder accused, mother in custody; strike hits commuters

Unions claim almost all DTC buses were off roads, Delhi Metro sees ridership jump by 2 lakh

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 12, 2015 11:09 am
DTC, DTC driver, Dtc strike, DTC strike Delhi, DTC bus depot, Delhi government , Delhi Development Authority, Delhi Transport Corporation, Millennium bus depot, Delhi bus depot, Delhi news DTC strike: A statement issued by the government said that Rai met Ashok’s family members.

Even as a Delhi court on Monday remanded a youth and his mother to 14 days judicial custody for allegedly beating a 42-year-old DTC bus driver to death, DTC employees went on strike leaving many commuters stranded.

While Vijay (22) was arrested late on Sunday, his mother — who is accused of instigating him in the crime — was arrested on Monday morning. Metropolitan Magistrate Sushant Changotra sent the two to judicial custody till May 25 after they were produced in court.

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However, police did not seek custodial interrogation of the two accused. The court also issued notice to the concerned authorities of a government school in Nangloi to submit Vijay’s date of birth records for ascertaining his age.

Meanwhile, if employees and unions are to be believed, 4,500 out of 4,709 DTC buses participated in the strike. Clusters buses too went off the roads by night. Sources said the decision on whether the strike will continue on Tuesday is yet to be taken.

The Delhi Metro took around 20 extra trips and extra ticket counters were opened at Badarpur and Tuglakabad stations of Line 6. Monday’s average ridership at 8pm is around 21 lakh but on this day at 8pm, it was 22.92 lakh — an increase of about 2 lakh people.

The government also announced that it would bear the treatment costs of Ashok Kumar’s ailing wife. Earlier on Sunday, Transport Minister Gopal Rai had announced an immediate compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the family and a permanent job in the Transport department for one member.

The department has also been directed to draw up an emergency plan for deploying home guards in DTC buses. Sources said the plan will be drawn up in consultation with the Home department and will be announced soon. The department has also decided to install CCTV cameras in buses. Rai said this would take a year.

However, the government is not going easy on those who have called the strike. “Despite promptly visiting the Rohini Depot on Sunday and assuring the employees that any demand put forward by them will be duly considered, the public has been inconvenienced by the politically-motivated strike. The government will deal sternly with the strike, which is completely illegal. Employees are advised to return to work immediately, failing which they will have to face serious repercussions,” Rai said.

BJP, Congress demand Rs 1 crore for driver’s kin

Responding to the allegation that it had fuelled the DTC strike, the BJP hit back at the AAP government. “It is the government’s arrogance which has resulted in DTC employees going on strike. The government should not play dual games in matters of compensation. If they could give Rs 1 crore to Delhi police personnel, why could it not give a similar amount to the driver’s family? We demand that Rs 1 crore be given to the family along with employment to a family member,” unit chief Satish Upadhyay said.

The BJP also gave Rs 5 lakh to the driver’s family on Monday. Meanwhile, the Delhi Congress also demanded that the government pay Rs 1 crore compensation and give a permanent job to Kumar’s next of kin.

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  1. P
    May 12, 2015 at 7:05 am
    Let the accused pay ₹1cr to the family of driver for causing the damage. This is the only way to check such incidents in future
    1. D
      David alexander
      May 12, 2015 at 4:52 pm
      just meant to say- you get all the things (compensation of any sorts--) you want----. (this was to highlight the differential treatment / compensation to a martyr defending the country and to a normal person) and how many parties are there to take up the issue as it is the tax payers money!
      1. L
        Lingayan Ramanathan
        May 12, 2015 at 10:57 am
        The judge did illegal jugglery with the accounts numbers to unlawfully acquit Jayalalitha. Disproportionate ets are more than what judge calculated, and income is less than what judge calculated. Judge took a bribe to crookedly reach the result and acquit Jayalalitha. 18 crore loan is not income. Income must be calculated as on year 1991-1996, not as on today year 2015. Income from Jayalalitha Publications is falsely inflated to 4 crore.
        1. k
          May 11, 2015 at 6:37 pm
          What about better security for pedestrians cylists, two wheelers from the ,DTC buses ?At the moment , country can give too much security only to VIPs and VVIPs . Aaam Admis , better learn to grin and bear it or if capable become a leader in AAP to get security.Remember, India is a country of 1.3 billion, and can't make half the potion to protect the other half.Ha ha ha
          1. I
            May 12, 2015 at 2:31 am
            To how many victims BJP, Congress have given 1 crore compensation. ye wahi party hain jiske Kisano ko diya hua cheque bounce hota hain. jo 100 , 200 rs ka compensation deti hain. Jumla party ne aaj tak kitne pidetho ko 1 crore rs diya hain, jo ye nautanki karke logo ko paresaan kar rahi hain
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