Bengaluru: BMTC staff goes on strike after driver's suicide attempt
NS Madhu, a 35-year-old bus driver in Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) allegedly attempted suicide by consuming poison after being harassed by superiors over route-allotment. The incident led to a massive protest by BMTC drivers and conductors, operating on 120 routes, who went on a strike at the Shantinagar terminal. They called off the strike after BMTC ensured action against Madhu's seniors. Know more!
A Wilson Garden police officer stated: "Madhu is under observation for 24 hours at Victoria Hospital. With rumors of his death being rife, a huge police force was deployed near the terminal in the evening. We informed BMTC employees that he's out of danger."
Muthuraj, the conductor of Madhu's bus, said the driver was depressed due to his seniors, a traffic-controller and a technical staffer. They allotted him the Majestic-Attibele route instead of his regular MG Road-Vijayanagar route. On his way back from Attibele, Madhu decided to not drive to Majestic and parked the bus at Shantinagar depot. After dinner, he returned to Shantinagar and consumed poison.