Mangaluru,Jan 2, 2015: Hundreds of gas tanker drivers as well as activists of CITU and DYFI have continued their protest for the fourth day on January 2 Saturday in front of the gas filling station outside the HPCL plant near Suratkal to condemn the recent killing of a tanker driver at Andhra Pradesh.
Saravanan, a truck driver was beaten to death on December 19 and the protest is organised to demand compensation to his family and also to arrest the culprits.
As many as 3000 tanker drivers have refused to operate the tankers which are seen parked in Suratkal. On Saturday the situation grew tense when new truck drivers were brought from Tamil Nadu so that the stationed gas tankers could proceed to their destination.
However, this was unacceptable to the protestors who intercepted the tankers resulting in the police arresting 47 of them including DYFI leader Imtiyaz BK and others.