A protest by Cloth Industry workers turned violent in Bengaluru today forcing the police to resort to lathicharge and tear gas shelling to control the rampaging mob. The workers were protesting against change in PF withdrawal rules.
According to reports, several vehicles were burnt and incidents of stone throwing were reported.
Stone-throwing and arson during garment workers' protest in Bengaluru against provident fund withdrawal rules
— NDTV (@ndtv) April 19, 2016
The government had to withdraw its budgetary proposal to tax a major chunk of PF contributions following a huge protest from the Opposition and public.
— sarayus (@_saraU) April 19, 2016
Bengaluru has dozens of garment factories employing over 5 lakh workers. Workers have been protesting for over two months now against curbs put in place on withdrawal of money from their Provident Fund accounts.
Most garment workers are Kannadigas. Yesterday / Today's protests a reminder to all those who denied the Kannadiga profile of Bengaluru.
— Ganesh Chetan (@ganeshchetan) April 19, 2016
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