New Delhi, Mar 19: Mumbai police on Monday issued prohibitory notices to the leaders of Ola and Uber drivers under section 149 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) relating to unlawful assembly. As reported in other media, the notices have been issued to Sanjay Naik, president, Arif Shaikh and Nitin Nandgaokar of the Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena as preventive action. If they violate any orders, they are liable to be prosecuted. Also Read - Shillong, Pune, Thane, Srinagar: These Cities to Undergo Complete Shutdown From Today | Check Details

From today, Ola and Uber drivers has launched a nationwide strike. The strike, organised by the transport wing of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, claimed that several drivers are not being able to cover costs due to falling business. Drivers from major cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Pune are likely to join this strike. Also Read - Swara Bhasker-Kunal Kamra-Mallika Dua And Others Stage Outrage After Instagram Influencer Shubham Mishra Gives Open Rape Threat to Comedian Agrima Joshua

As reported in Times of India, Sanjay Naik of Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena, has threatened that if any cab is found on the road then they will request driver with folded hands. And if they don’t listen, we will handle it in the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena-style. Also Read - Pune Containment Zones List: 20 Areas Identified as COVID-19 Hotspots, Tough Lockdown to be Imposed Here

The drivers are protesting against the big assurances given to them by the cab companies. They have claimed that the companies are not able to cover their costs even. Speaking to reporters, Sanjay Naik of Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena said, “Ola and Uber had given big assurances to the drivers, but today they are unable to cover their costs. They have invested Rs 5-7 lakh each and were expecting to make Rs 1.5 lakh a month but are unable to even make half of this, owing to the mismanagement by these companies.”

People will face major problem in commuting today because of cab drivers staying off road. The maximum users of Ola and Uber cabs are college-goers, officer-goers. A thin attendance is likely to be seen in the offices, colleges.

In Mumbai alone there are over 45,000 such cabs but a slump in business has seen a drop of about 20 per cent in their numbers. Till now the cab companies have not said in this matter.

What is unlawful assembly?
The Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) of 1973 empowers an executive magistrate to prohibit an assembly of more than four people in an area. According to sections 141-149 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the maximum punishment for engaging in rioting is rigorous imprisonment for 3 years and/or fine.