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Exclusive Here India’s Transport Workers Called Off Their Strike

Petrol and diesel supplies were disrupted across the country on Tuesday as the strike entered its second day.

Truck, bus, and tanker drivers went on strike for three days to protest a new law that punishes those who flee without informing authorities after causing serious road accidents with up to ten years in prison or a fine of 700,000 rupees ($8,405).

The government said on Tuesday that it would use these laws only after consulting with the All-India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), a group of transporters involved in the protest.

“The government wishes to emphasize that these new laws and provisions have not yet taken effect. “We urge the All-India Motor Transport Congress and all drivers to return to work,” the government said in a statement.

According to local media, protesters said the provision, which is part of a new criminal law that will replace the colonial-era Indian Penal Code (IPC), could lead to undue harassment of drivers.

Following a meeting with the government, AIMTC Chairman Bal Malkit Singh told the local media that all issues had been resolved and urged drivers to resume work.

Shortly after the strike was called off, long lines at gas stations began to dissipate.

After running out due to panic buying, petrol supplies were being restored in several parts of Uttar Pradesh.

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