In a shocking incident, two BMTC bus drivers beat up a private bus driver and later crushed him under the wheels of the bus. Narrating the incident, a witness to the episode said that the trouble resulted from the two BMTC drivers, Srinivas and Govindappa, entering into a heated exchange with Shivanna (the victim), mistaking Shivanna for a private bus driver.
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Now, it is a celebrated fact that mafia's involving officials from the Transport Department, RTO, Traffic Police, and even the BMTC itself, are facilitating transgression by many of the contract-carriage licensees (who are part of the mafia) into the monopoly stage-carriage domain of the BMTC, and in the process make huge money for themselves. To the lay public and to the BMTC workers, however, they project the contract-carriage operators as the villains, accusing them of milking the BMTC of its revenue, this in turn leading to its inability to afford better wages and working conditions. To further this impression, they even go to the extent of filing mock petitions in courts demanding that BMTC and KSRTC be accorded total monopoly status throughout the state, over stage-carriage operations, since the private operators are eating into the revenues, which, as the government-owned operators, they alone have the sovereign right over.
This has led to the general antagonism prevailing between the BMTC/ KSRTC workers and the private bus operators, and is very likely the cause of this skirmish, rather than it being the result of any road rage, as reported.
The simple and effective answer is the dismantling of the license-permit raaj, and the opening up of the sector for competition from private players, all regulated by a duly constituted authority.