Friday, October 13, 2017

Taxi drivers clash at Cochin International Airport; 6 held

Kochi: The Nedumbassery police on Thursday took six persons into custody in connection with clashes between online and offline taxi drivers on Wednesday night outside the main entrance of the Cochin International Airport. Although the police initially dispersed them, clashes erupted again when a driver of a taxi hailing services reached there to pick up passengers. The traditional taxi operators at CIAL suspended services on Thursday in protest against the police action. A section of drivers attached to cab aggregators also struck work. An airport spokesperson said they had made alternative arrangements for passengers following the strike.

It deployed five vans and a bus for ferrying them to Aluva and Angamaly. Police said those in custody and others would be booked under various sections including attempts to murder and assault. They stepped up vigil to prevent such incidents. T.R.S. Kumar, president, Online Taxi Drivers Union, said the action by airport taxi drivers was a clear violation of the Kerala High Court order upholding their right to pick up and drop passengers from public space.  "We will soon file a petition seeking to revive the contempt petition which is already pending before the HC," he said.
13/10/17 Deccan Chronicle
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