Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 25:

All Odisha Private Bus Owners’ Association today threatened to go on a state-wide indefinite strike from October 7 if the government failed to withdraw police case against the owner of the ill-fated bus that skidded off the Manitri bridge near Athmallick on September 9 killing 19 persons and leaving over 50 injured.


This was announced by the Association’s president Prakash Mishra.

Bus operators across the state will hold a 24-hour token strike on September 29 beginning at 6.30 AM on September 29 till 6AM next day to put pressure on the government demanding the withdrawal of police case against Rishav Tripathy, the owner of the ill-fated bus-Maharaja, informed Mishra.

Besides, bus owners and staff will wear black badges from tomorrow in protest, he added.

Notably, Tripathy who was on the run after the mishap was arrested by the police from Mohankhali panchayat under Athamallik sub-division on Friday.

It may be mentioned here that bus operators in Angul today observed a 12-hour bandh to protest against the arrest of Tripathy.

Operators questioned that when all the documents of the vehicle were okay, why has the owner arrested?