Mrunal Manmay Dash

The drivers protesting on the highways for three days have put their strike on hold on Friday.

The decision to put the strike on hold was announced by the Odisha Driver Mahasangh President, Prashant Menduli.

Urging all the protesting drivers to return home, Menduli in a video message said, “The drivers protested peacefully for three days. Because of the strike the people have suffered and the government has also assured us to consider our demands in three months.”

“First of all I would like to apologise to the people of Odisha who had to suffer more or less because of our strike,” Menduli said speaking to OTV after calling off the strike.

“After the Chief secretary gave us the assurance letter yesterday evening, we were actually confused. Only after we showed it to the lawyers, we realised that this letter actually is enforceable in the court of law and we decided to give the government 90 days as sought by it,” he said.

“We will wait for 90 days as assured by the government. But if the government does not act, we will self immolate en masse in front of Naveen Niwas on the 91st day.” Menduli threatened.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Odisha Drivers' Mahasangh on Friday morning had announced to continue with their ongoing agitation even after assurance from the Chief Secretary in writing.