Protesting cab drivers arrested for forcing passengers to deboard

Protesting cab drivers arrested for forcing passengers to deboard
Protesting cab drivers arrested for forcing passengers to deboard

On Thursday, six cab drivers were arrested for allegedly forcing passengers to deboard the cabs on the EM Bypass in Kolkata. The drivers were protesting against the payment policies of the cab services for which they were employed.

The six arrested drivers are Naushad Ali Naskar, Sukhomoy Banerjee, Indranil Banerjee, SK Alamgir, Birendra Singh, and Saikat Pal. They were a part of the protesters who were demanding a hike in their salaries after the incentives were slashed by two cab services.

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When a cab driver was asked by a leading national daily, he said, ““We are facing major payment issues. Who shall we approach? We have no option other than protesting.”

The entire protest began when a group of drivers, on Monday, discussed the issue at the company’s Salt Lake office. However, they were asked to leave the office with the police escorting them out, after which they went on a two-day strike. Although, the strike was withdrawn, some of the drivers continued to protest and stay off the roads.

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Before this case, earlier too, there were many similar cases where the cab aggregators slashed incentives of the drivers followed by strikes and protests in other cities as well.

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