Bengaluru erupts as garment workers take to the streets

Garment workers torched furniture during the protest over EPF withdrawal norm. As tension escalated in Karnataka's capital, 62 people, including 24 policemen were injured in the violence.

FP Staff April 20, 2016 12:33:25 IST
Charred buses which were torched by garment workers during a protest rally over EPF withdrawal norm, in Bengaluru on Tuesday. PTI
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Charred buses which were torched by garment workers during a protest rally over EPF withdrawal norm, in Bengaluru on Tuesday. PTI
Hundreds of women workers from five garment units, including Shahi Exports Ltd., Mohan Exports and Jockey, struck work at noon on Monday and marched to the Bengaluru-Chennai National Highway and Bengaluru-Mysuru state highway, blocking vehicular movement and causing massive traffic jams for over four hours. PTI
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Hundreds of women workers from five garment units, including Shahi Exports Ltd., Mohan Exports and Jockey, struck work at noon on Monday and marched to the Bengaluru-Chennai National Highway and Bengaluru-Mysuru state highway, blocking vehicular movement and causing massive traffic jams for over four hours. PTI
Fire fighters spray water on a vehicle at the Habbagodi Police Station that was vandalised by garment workers during the protest. Even as several police personnel were injured in the violence, the police arrested 20 people. PTI
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Fire fighters spray water on a vehicle at the Habbagodi Police Station that was vandalised by garment workers during the protest. Even as several police personnel were injured in the violence, the police arrested 20 people. PTI
Garment workers torch furniture during the protest over EPF withdrawal norm. As tension escalated in Karnataka's capital, 62 people, including 24 policemen were injured in the violence. PTI
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Garment workers torch furniture during the protest over EPF withdrawal norm. As tension escalated in Karnataka's capital, 62 people, including 24 policemen were injured in the violence. PTI
Police beat up the garment workers who were protesting. Faced with violent opposition, the government put on hold the new rules. PTI
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Police beat up the garment workers who were protesting. Faced with violent opposition, the government put on hold the new rules. PTI
People also launched online campaign against the decision, which was to be implemented from 10 February but was later put on hold till 30 April. PTI
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People also launched online campaign against the decision, which was to be implemented from 10 February but was later put on hold till 30 April. PTI
Protestors reportedly hurled stones at the officers, who later fired teargas shells at them. PTI
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Protestors reportedly hurled stones at the officers, who later fired teargas shells at them. PTI
Traffic movement was severely stalled at the entry and exit points of the city, Nelamangala Road, Outer Ring Road Junction, Jalahalli Cross and Tumkur Road, as well as in Bidadi on the Bengaluru-Mysuru Highway. PTI
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Traffic movement was severely stalled at the entry and exit points of the city, Nelamangala Road, Outer Ring Road Junction, Jalahalli Cross and Tumkur Road, as well as in Bidadi on the Bengaluru-Mysuru Highway. PTI
Workers opposing amendment to EPF Act have expressed fear that the new rule would take away their right over employer's contribution portion of provident fund till they attain 58 years. PTI
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Workers opposing amendment to EPF Act have expressed fear that the new rule would take away their right over employer's contribution portion of provident fund till they attain 58 years. PTI
Shops and commercial establishments downed their shutters anticipating trouble and additional police force had been deployed in the sensitive area to monitor law and order. PTI
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Shops and commercial establishments downed their shutters anticipating trouble and additional police force had been deployed in the sensitive area to monitor law and order. PTI
Irate protesters in the city torched two buses on Hosur Road and a truck carrying an LPG cylinder was also set on fire. Police lobbed tear gas shells at protesters in an attempt to quell the agitation. PTI
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Irate protesters in the city torched two buses on Hosur Road and a truck carrying an LPG cylinder was also set on fire. Police lobbed tear gas shells at protesters in an attempt to quell the agitation. PTI