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Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Drivers of taxis, autorickshaws stage protest

Chandigarh, February 23

There were bitter arguments between the railway authorities and taxi/auto drivers today. While the drivers alleged that the RPF had been beating them up for "no reason at all", the officials concerned stated that they would not allow drivers to enter the station without platform ticket.

Brijesh Pandey, who claims to own about a dozen taxis, alleged: "The police here are beating us without any reason. It has been going on for the past 10 days. They don't allow us to reach out to passengers and are asking for Rs 2,000 a week as 'hafta' or weekly payment."

The RPF has rubbished these allegations. RPF SHO Rajesh Rana said: "As per rules, people can't be allowed to enter the platform without ticket. We have, in the past, fined such auto drivers and impounded their vehicles too. This seems to have irked them." — TNS

from The Tribune

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