Trucker's strike update
Amid signs that the seven-day truckers’ strike was breaking up in some parts of the country, the Centre has given indications that it would take a tough line to force the agitators to end the stir, like it did with officers of oil PSUs. Sources said more arrests of leaders spearheading the strike were likely . In a letter to states, Cabinet secretary K M Chandrasekhar has cited the strategy adopted to deal with the oil strike while seeking “effective intervention’’ to ensure free movement of essential commodities and prevent hoarding of goods. Meanwhile, road transport secretary Brahm Dutt claimed that trucks had started moving in Pune and Mumbai, Krishna and Vijaywada in Andhra, Hassan in Karnataka, Jaipur and in Gurgaon. There were also reports of one truckers’ association in Maharashtra calling off the strike. The government said at least seven states had chalked out emergency plans and kept hundreds of drivers ready to transport essential commodities. However, the All India Motor Transport Congress, the body heading the strike, on Sunday issued a veiled warning of the stir turning violent. “The aggressive attitude could worsen the situation,’’ it said.