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Bengaluru metro resumes after 7-hour strike, commuters fume

Metro trains were halted in Bengaluru after workers protested against the arrest of their colleagues on Thursday.

india Updated: Jul 07, 2017 14:28 IST
Vikram Gopal
Vikram Gopal
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Police stand guard near a metro train at Majestic metro station in Bengaluru.(PTI File Photo)

Employees of the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) struck work for about seven hours on Friday to protest against the arrest of one of their colleagues a day ago.

A scuffle had broken out between metro employees and personnel of Karnataka State Industrial Security Force, which is in charge of security at stations, on Thursday at the Sir M Vishveshwarayya Central College metro station here.

As a result, FIRs were filed against five metro employees. Metro trains were halted in Bengaluru after workers protested against the arrest on Thursday.

However, metro authorities confirmed that they had managed to sort out the issue and services resumed at 11.40 am.

Speaking to HT, Pradeep Singh Kharola, managing director of the BMRCL, said: “We have managed to break the deadlock and services have resumed.”

However, Kharola said he could not do anything about the case. “These are legal matters in which there is little we can do.”

Sandita, a regular metro commuter was very frustrated about the situation and said, “I am getting late for my office because the metro is closed. Also, it’s really frustrating as we didn’t get any notice on the closing of the metro. And if something like this is happening, we should be informed beforehand.”

Another commuter, Abdul Javed talked to ANI and said, “I have been waiting for the metro station to open from the past 45 minutes. We didn’t even know about any strike, and there was nothing in the newspaper regarding this. It gets difficult when the metro stops working.”

(with ANI inputs)

First Published: Jul 07, 2017 12:34 IST