The Margao police on Tuesday detained ten students for blocking a number of private buses at the Margao bus stand. The students resorted to blocking the buses over the alleged harassment by private bus operators for availing concessional bus fares.
However, the students were later released with a warning. Alleging that private buses are always overcrowded, the students claimed that they are denied entry into the buses by bus conductors for travelling on ‘half-ticket’.
In retaliation to the students’ agitation, bus operators and their conductors too blocked the main road, which threw the vehicular traffic out of gear in the city.
However, the police stepped in and brought the situation under control.
The Margao police informed that ten students, who were rounded up for agitating at the bus stand, aired their grievances to the police, who later released the students after warning them.
There was no untoward incident due to the agitation, the police said.
The agitating students alleged that private bus conductors do not allow them to board the buses, and sometimes force them to stand in the overcrowded buses.
The students alleged that if questioned on this mistreatment the bus conductors would start arguing with them.
Anguished by the maltreatment, the students on Tuesday did not allow the buses to leave the bus stand for sometime. It was only after senior Margao policemen assured to look into the matter that the buses were allowed to ply to their respective destinations.
One girl student, who regularly travels to Ponda in bus, alleged that the bus operators were harassing them and authorities have failed to take any action. The girl student said that conductors of private Ponda buses harass the college students everyday and sometime do not return the balance money after charging the concessional bus
“If Rs 50 note is given, they ask for change… if there is no change then they say that they will not give back the balance money to us. We had orally complained to the Margao traffic police, but no action had been taken,” she said. [NT]