Bharat bandh: Bengaluru City police commissioner says no permission for rallies

Bhaskar Rao.

Bhaskar Rao.   | Photo Credit: K. Murali Kumar

KSRTC and BMTC maintain that bus services will run as usual on Wednesday

Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao on Tuesday said no permission will be granted for organisations to carry out rallies on Wednesday, January 8. He warned of taking action against any organisation if they violate the rules.

Ten central trade unions said they will go on a general strike or ‘Bharat Bandh’ on January 8 “to protest against the anti-labour policies” of the government.

Mr. Rao said, “They can protest at Freedom Park but there is no permission for processions in the city. We don’t want to a create problem by allowing processions, where there are chances of mischief mongers creating law and order issues and traffic disruptions, which will compel us to use force.”

Watch | 'Bharat Bandh' on January 8, 2020

The official further said, “Why create a problem [by allowing procession] and solve [by resorting to use force]. Hence no permission for any procession.”

Meanwhile, the nation-wide strike call by workers union has received mixed reactions from other organisations.

The Joint Committee of Central Trade Unions (JCTU) had announced that it will carry out a rally from Town Hall via Mysore Bank to Freedom Park, where the protest will be held against central government labour laws.

The JCTU drafted a 12-point charter consisting of their demands from the central government. The demands include a fixed minimum wage of ₹21,000, pension facility for all workers, immediate measures to control price hike, equal pay for equal work, strengthening the unorganised welfare board and others.

Meanwhile, several organisations have maintained that they will not support the bandh call. Bruhat Bangalore Hotels Association, in a release, said hotels in the city will be functional as usual in the city on January 8. Tourist and taxi operators in the city said that they will outside support.

Bus service will be normal

Both the managements of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) have warned their employees of initiating disciplinary action if they participated in the bandh. The officials said that bus services will be normal on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Electricity Board Employees Union and Association in a release said that on January 8, the employees will protest against Electricity Amendment Bill during lunch break.

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