Update: Madan Mitra requested app drivers to withdraw strike.
Kolkata: Revelers in the city may be looking at an acute shortage of Ola and Uber cabs in the next two days, as over 5,000 vehicles are slated to be taken off the road.
In a statement on Monday, the West Bengal Online Cab Operators Guild claimed that their delegation had visited the office of Uber in Salt Lake, to address multiple issues.
The cab drivers are not getting the same rate of fare as regular AC cabs and are also getting their driver IDs blocked over small issues. When they tried to put their agenda forth, they were allegedly heckled out of Uber’s office, which offended the drivers. As a result, they decided to boycott duty until Wednesday.
Indranil Bandyopadhyay, general secretary of the West Bengal Online Cab operators Guild, said that the near about 5000 Ola Uber drivers joined in this protest. They are protesting against the police violence.
Police sources denied the allegations and said that police went to the spot after getting the news of the protests and agitators have been removed from there. Indranil Bandyopadhyay, general secretary of West Bengal Online Cab Operators Guild, said that during the festival, we requested the drivers not to go on strike.