RTC staffs carry out candlelight march in memory of Srinivas Reddy who immolated self

RTC staffs carry out candlelight march in memory of Srinivas Reddy who immolated self

Hyderabad, Oct 14 (ANI): Road Transport Corporation (RTC) employees carried out a candlelight march in Hyderabad on October 13 in remembrance of driver Srinivas Reddy. Reddy died after immolating himself during a protest. While speaking to ANI, Indian Federation of Trade Unions Vice-President (Telangana) SL Padma said, "An RTC driver died today after he immolated himself during a protest in the city on Saturday. It is tragic news for the RTC workers. We urge the striking protesters not to commit suicide." RTC employees from various depots carried out a candlelight march, which started from Musheerabad RTC depot and ended at Ram Nagar Circle. Speaking to ANI, an RTC employee said, "We are not receiving our salaries. We have repeatedly sent notice to the state government but they have forced us to strike during this festive season." Srinivas Reddy had on October 13 succumbed to his injuries at a Hyderabad hospital after receiving 80 per cent burns. He had immolated himself on October 12 during a strike of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC). The TSRTC employees have been protesting since October 05 seeking the merger of the corporation with the government. Their protest intensified after the state government issued a statement with regards to sacking over 40,000 employees because of the protest. Kin of Srinivas contended that he took his life as he was depressed over the government's attitude towards the TSRTC employees.

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