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ocommuters suffer as private buses off roads in Balangir

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Commuters suffer as private buses off roads in Balangir
June 16, 2011 12:14:57 AM

PNS | Balangir

The drive to control chaotic traffic in Balangir, by the new Superintendent of Police Awinash Kumar has taken a new turn with bus drivers of private buses deciding to stop the plying of buses on Wednesday .

With the buses off the roads communications have come to a grinding halt affecting the commuters. Irate people burnt tyres before the private bus stand protesting against the decision.

The bus drivers are protesting against the registration of cases against them, under section 304 of IPC, which is a non bailable offence. Earlier whenever a bus caused an accident usually it was booked under various sections of MV Act . Moreover, section 304(A) and 279 of IPC was also invoked which is bail-able and police can offer bail, pointed out a bus owner.

Sources said two drivers has been arrested under section 304and 326 of IPC recently. Section 304 of IPC is (culpable homicide causing to murder) and section 326 is grievous hurt caused by dangerous weapons.

“We are of the opinion that inappropriate sections of the IPC have been used in this case and we oppose it. We extend our support to drivers and other vehicle association has also supported us, said president of Balangir Private Bus Owners Association Praveen Mishra.

However , when contacted SP Kumar said “seeing the gravity of situation, we have used different sections of IPC. We have taken steps according to law.”

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