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Private bus operators on indefinite strike
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, OCT 20 (NPN):
Published on 21 Oct. 2010 12:12 AM IST
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All private bus ticket counters along Blue Hill line in Dimapur closed down on Wednesday after the All Nagaland Private Bus Union (ANPBU) called for an infinite strike starting from Thursday, Oct 21.
According to police sources, the strike was called by the union after it reportedly came under ‘pressure’ from some underground faction for highlighting tax imposed on bus operators in the local media. The decision was made during an emergency meeting held at ANPBU’s office premises at Blue Hill area, Dimapur on Wednesday. Spelling out their grievances, ANPBU members said that the excessive extortion and taxation from underground groups like NSCN (I-M), GPRN/NSCN, FGN and other groups has forced the association to call for an indefinite strike.
NSCN (I-M), GPRN/NSCN and FGN are collecting Rs.500 each for loaded vehicles while the NSCN (I-M) collects Rs.50 per trip from outgoing and incoming taxis in Dimapur, the ANPBU claimed. The ANPBU stated that the bandh will continue till the taxation from public transporters is lifted. It may be recalled that the union had prepared a list detailing taxes imposed by various factions including state government departments.
The ANPBU, in the statement had also made a fervent plea to the FNR to intervene and ‘streamline the taxation process by ‘various governments’. ANPBU, in the release expressed dismay over taxes imposed by various factions which had made it difficult to run business.
The Union had said its members would be left with no choice but to hike passengers as high as 50% to tide over the problem, or even shift the counters to nearby Assam, if the trend of unabated extortion continued.

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