Kohima, Oct. 17: Autorickshaws stayed off the roads in Dimapur from 6am, during a 12-hour strike to protest against the killing of auto drivers by criminals.
The district administration had pressed taxis and buses into service to reduce inconvenience to commuters.
According to the Dimapur District Auto Drivers’ Union, five auto drivers have been abducted and killed and their autorickshaws snatched by goons.
According to the union, Mukesh Singh, Vetsuzo Veyie, Baijnath Sahani, Pradip Singh and Ashadul had been killed between 2010 and 2013.
The latest incident was the murder of Ashadul, an auto driver, on September 27, after he was abducted.
So far, no one has been arrested since last year.
The union said they would resort to an indefinite strike if the authorities fail to arrest the killers. It had submitted a memorandum to the district administration to arrest the killers within a fortnight but the police made no headway.
This prompted today’s strike.
The president of the union, Hokaito Zhimomi, said even after the ultimatum no one has been arrested. They also observed a “black day” on October 14.
The district administration said it was doing its best to arrest the killers soon and requested the union to co-operate with the administration.
The police said they too were trying their best to provide security to Dimapur and sought the co-operation of the people.