New Delhi: The Telangana Road Transport Corporation driver who was admitted to Apollo DRDO Hospital in Hyderabad succumbed to his injuries on Sunday, stated news agency ANI.

Fresh protests erupted in Telangana’s Khammam district outside Apollo DRDO Hospital seeking justice for SRTC driver Srinivas Reddy who attempted self-immolation after losing the job. Reddy’s family members alleged that he was depressed over the state government’s behaviour when dealing with the demands of RTC employees. The victim had set himself on fire using kerosene at Khammam RTC depot on Saturday when the ongoing indefinite strike by the employees of Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) entered the eighth day. Reddy’s son injured himself while trying to save him.

Soon after the incident, employees in Khammam town and other parts of the district began protesting violently by damaging the window panes of an RTC bus near Khammam district collector’s office and attacking temporary drivers. The protest against the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government was mostly held by the striking TSRTC employees and leaders of opposition parties.

Meanwhile, unknown protestors were pelting stones on the TSRTC buses at few places by stopping all the buses that were operated by temporary drivers and forcing the passengers to get down. In such cases, no one was reported to be injured.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had earlier clarified that the 48,000 striking employees were not dismissed by they had dismissed themselves by not joining the duty before the deadline set by the government. He also asserted that these striking employees will not be taken back to the TSRTC. Besides rejecting the demands of the striking employees including the merger of TSRTC with the government, chief minister Rao also ruled out talks with them.

Meanwhile, the state government has extended Dussehra holidays for all the educational institutions across the state till October 20, stated a report. The decision was announced after the Joint Action Committee (JAC) comprising TSRTC employees called for a state-wide shutdown on October 19.