The prohibition on bike taxis in Bengaluru was one of the demands that the Federation of Karnataka State Private Transport Association claimed the state had not complied with.
In various locations in Bengaluru, the strike called by private transportation providers descended into violence on Monday as protesters beat commuters, cab and autorickshaw drivers for defying the bandh.
On Monday morning, while a cab was transporting passengers, including a child, from the Kempegowda International airport, stones were thrown at it. A window of the taxi appeared to have been broken in the attack in the social media video of the incident.
A taxi driver was stopped by a few members of the transport association in a different incident while he was driving home from the airport. The miscreants were seen berating the driver for transporting people despite the bandh and honoring him with a garland.
The Federation of Karnataka State Private Transport Association, which had made a number of requests, including a ban on bike taxis, called for the bandh. The federation is made up of 32 private transportation unions, including those for taxis, buses, and autorickshaws.
In Majestic, stones were thrown at an autorickshaw, which caused the windshield to shatter. As they marched from Majestic to Freedom Park, protesters were spotted stopping passing cars to determine if they were bike taxis. The association has asked for a ban on bike taxi services like Rapido, claiming that their use has hurt the income of car drivers.
Another video, posted on social media site X by the Outer Ring Road Companies Association (ORRCA), showed a group of demonstrators kicking a car with a yellow board that was parked by the side of the road. Additionally, they were spotted throwing stones at the automobile and smashing the windscreen.
The ORRCA tweeted, “First Information Report should be made and these offenders damaging property should be arrested, some action is required otherwise such behaviors will go unabated and continue @BlrCityPolice #BengaluruBandh.”
Source- Hindustan times