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Updated January 5th, 2024 at 11:23 IST

Assam: Trucks, buses, cabs go off roads for 48 hours in protest against new hit-and-run law

Commuters had difficulty reaching their workplaces as buses, taxis, and app cabs didn't ply, abiding by the strike call.

Tanisha Rajput
Assam Protest
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Guwahati: All Commercial and other modes of public transport vehicles have created a ruckus in Assam, owing to a 48-hour strike against the new penal law on hit-and-run cases.

The protests have been called by a joint forum of transporters' unions. Furthermore, commuters had difficulty reaching their workplaces as buses, taxis, and app cabs didn't ply, abiding by the strike call.

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Ramen Das, the convenor of Assam Motor Worker Associations' Joint Platform said, "The government only wants to blame drivers for any unfortunate incident even if they may not have committed the crime. Instead of improving road conditions, they are penalising the poor drivers."

"The new law on hit-and-run cases is anti-drivers and is against owners of vehicles. We call for a strike of all vehicles from 5 am on Friday to 5 am on Sunday to press for our demand for withdrawal of the legislation," Das added.

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Das claimed that these protests were scheduled as the union failed to settle with state officials on Thursday.

Similar protests were held in Pune, Patiala, Jammu, and other parts of India against the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS), which is set to replace the Indian Penal Code (IPC), stating drivers, who cause serious road accidents due to negligent driving and run away without informing police or the administration, can face up to 10 years in prison or a fine of Rs 7 lakh.

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The unions have also urged private car owners to join the stir, as the law applies to everyone irrespective of whether someone is driving a commercial vehicle or a small car, the convener said.

Meanwhile, long queues were seen at petrol pumps across the state, with people lining up to fill fuel tanks amid fears of supply crunch. 

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Published January 5th, 2024 at 11:17 IST

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