Karnataka drivers, conductors, hide out in Tamil depots
- Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa died on December 5.
- Fearing riots, Karnataka's state buses have halted in Tamil depots.
- The drivers and conductors have been ordered to stay put for now.
Fearing arson and possible attacks following the death of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha, Karnataka State Roat Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses that were supposed to return to Karnataka are currently struck in various parts of Tamil Nadu.
The drivers and conductors were instructed to take shelter in Tamil Nadu bus depots and not to venture out for the time being.
Back home, their families fear for their safety.
Mutthaiah, a driver attached to the KSRTC plying between Karnataka and Thirunalveli says on Monday night KSRTC buses were attacked. This forced officials to suspend the service.
All 125 buses were directed to halt in Tamil bus depots. The drivers have been provided with food and lodgings. They have also been given strict instructions not to leave the depot until further orders.
"Our families back home are worried for our safety. The authorities who spoke to our family have given them confidence that the safety of drivers and conductors is assured. Although we are safe here, we will be relieved once we reach Karnataka," said Mutthaiah.
Meanwhile, an official from the KSRTC said that all necessary arrangements had been taken to ensure the safety of its drivers and conductors.
"Family members of our workers have been taken into confidence. The TN authorities are updating the KSRTC about the arrangements. Earlier also about 100 buses were struck during Cauvery agitation, and when the situation turned calm, the buses were asked to return," said an official.
The official also added that 450 daily trips have been suspended.