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Dec 06 2016 (08:11)  MTC buses attacked as distressed party workers turn violent (www.thehindu.com)
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Services of the Metropolitan Transport Corporation came to a grinding halt with officials and even ground level staff fearing violence from angry party cadre.
Over 10 buses were damaged in stone throwing in different locations in the city. Soon after television channels flashed a false message repeatedly, buses did not leave their respective depots, officials said.
Buses that were plying halted at the last stop and the crew did not resume the return journey. After a couple of hours, officials said they were still trying to resume normal operations, but the crew members
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were not comfortable in taking their vehicles out of the bus depots.
Arterial roads wore deserted and there was no sign of buses or even share and regular autorickshaws.
Commuters waiting at bus stops, especially women who had picked up their children from school and eager to get back home at the earliest, were visibly tense. Many autorickhaws declined to ply and those that did charged more than the usual tariff in areas like Triplicane and Chepauk.
Moore Market Complex - Chennai Central suburban, Egmore and Beach railway stations were overcrowded with people preferring to take the suburban unit trains. “The station was unusually crowded. The number of commuters who visited Moore Market Complex and Beach was at least twice more than the number of people boarding the EMUs during the evening rush hour,” sources said.
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