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Lady RTC bus conductor commits suicide in Telangana

Press Trust of India  |  Khammam (Telangana) 

: A woman bus conductor working for Telangana State Road Transport Corporation, whose employees are on strike since October 5 over various demands, allegedly committed suicide by hanging at her home here, a senior police officer said on Monday.

This is the second suicide by an agitating employee in the town and third in the state after the RTC staff commenced their stir,

Neeraja, a conductor working in the Sathupally depot took the extreme step on Sunday night, police Commissioner Tafseer Iqubal said.

"We got the information that she committed suicide. The reasons for her doing so are yet to be established," the official told PTI.

The family members of Neeraja said she was depressed over fear of losing her job in the wake of the strike

On hearing the of her death, a large number of RTC employees gathered at her residence and shouted slogans against the state government.

They blocked vehicular traffic in Khammam, where tension prevailed for some time and also in Sathupally, demanding compensation to the kin of the deceased.

The body was handed over to the family members after the post-mortem.

"The situation is now peaceful," Iqbal said.

Khammam Collector R V Karnan said efforts were on to provide financial aid to the family through some government schemes.

"There is a provision in the TSRTC rules which says that family member of the deceased will be given a job on compassionate grounds," Karnan said.

On October 12, Srinivas Reddy, a driver working in the Khammam depot, committed suicide by setting himself ablaze at his house in Khammam.

Two days after, Surender Goud, a conductor, hanged himself from a ceiling fan at his house in the state capital on October 14.

Over 48,000 RTC employees are on strike, demanding among others, demanding merger of the RTC with the government, pay revision, recruitment to various posts, among others.

The RTC employees and workers have been carrying out protests across the state over their demands, with political parties and different organisations extending their support.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has rejected the merger demand of the striking employees.

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First Published: Mon, October 28 2019. 21:50 IST