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Garment workers protest over EPF rules turn violent buses set on fire in Bengaluru

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    Three buses have reportedly been set on fire at Jalahalli Cross. There are reports of stone pelting at Goraguntepalya.

    For the second day in a row, protests against recent amendments to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) continued in Bengaluru and its suburbs

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    The garment workers are from five factories, including Shahi Exports Pvt. Ltd., K. Mohan and Co Exports Pvt. Ltd. and Jockey.

    Even unions are still at a loss as to what triggered the protests. A local Kannada daily carried a story saying that henceforth workers could not withdraw money from their PF accounts, triggering panic

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    Airport goers and school students were the worst affected by the chaos on the roads

    This is not the first time that a protest has held up movement on a highway for several hours. In March, over 10,000 farmers from Kolar and Chickballapur tried to enter the city on tractors and on foot

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    According to Additional Commissioner (East) Harishekaran, around 20 KSRP platoons, eight DCPs and 300 policemen are at the spot, trying to ...

    Shops and commercial establishments downed their shutters anticipating trouble and additional police force has been deployed in the sensitive area to monitor law and order

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    The protesters also blocked traffic on the highway, causing five-hour jams in the IT city.

    Workers threw stones at a police station and burnt several police vehicles as the protests - not led by any union - spiraled out of control

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    Police beating up one of the garment workers who were protesting over EPF withdrawal norm, in Bengaluru

    Meanwhile, a majority of the garment factories in Peenya and Rajagopalanagar downed their shutters.

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    Police charge the garment workers who were protesting over EPF withdrawal norm, in Bengaluru

    Police charge the garment workers who were protesting over EPF withdrawal norm, in Bengaluru

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    Three buses stoned at Tumakuru Road. Women injured in police caning

    Three buses stoned at Tumakuru Road. Women injured in police caning

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    Policemen fired in the air and used tear gas and batons to control mobs.

    Traffic comes to a standstill on West of Chord Road, as hundreds of garment workers come out to protest at Rajajinagar Industrial Area.

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    Namma Metro services between Nagasandra and Yeshwantpur has been suspended

    BMTC has suspended services across the city

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    State home minister G Parmeshwara said: "There seems to be no leader for this protest. The police have acted with great restraint."

    Bengaluru police commissioner NS Megharikh told NDTV that the protests were brought under control by afternoon

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