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TN bus strike: Arround 50 students blocks road after waiting for buses


(G.N.S) Dt. 11
Around fifty schoolchildren, including 29 girls, studying in two government schools near Kovilpatti in Tamil Nadu blocked a road on Thursday morning as there was no bus for them to go to their schools due to the strike by transport workers unions. After waiting for buses from 8.20am to 9.15am, the students sat on the road and resorted to a road blockade for 45 minutes before police arranged vehicles for them to go to schools. The students staged the protest without the knowledge of their parents.
Veeraraj, a Class 10 student, said the children were from Thechilapuram and Manjithoopu villages situated around eight kms from Kovilpatti. They study in two government higher secondary schools at Oothupatti and Kovilpatti. The students walk two to 3km from Thechilapuram to catch the bus at Thechilapuram Vilakku on the Kovilpatti to Kurumalai Road. “The bus from Kurumalai to Kovilpatti used to come to the stop at 8.30am. Another bus heading from Kovilpatti to Kurumalai used to come to the stop at 8.50pm. Those who study in Oothupatti school take this second bus. However, none of the buses came today,” Veeraraj said.
Abinayanayaki, a Class XI student, said after the transport workers strike started last week, schoolchildren had tough time in reaching the school in time. “The buses came late on all these days. On Thursday, the buses did not come till 9.15am. Classes X and XII students have their revision exams. So we sat on the road,” she added.
The Nalattinpudur police rushed to the spot and pacified the students. They called the two schools and explained the reason for the delay and asked them not to scold those students. The police then called the Kovilpatti TNSTC depot, where the officials allegedly told them that they did not have adequate crew to send a bus in that route. The police then arranged a minibus and another vehicle to take the students to their schools.

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