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Bengaluru metro staff called off strike; train services resumed

Prime News, Karnataka, Bengaluru, July 7: -The strike called by Namma Bengaluru Metro staff ended after the government warned of invoking ESMA, Metro trains back on tracks.

Scores of commuters stranded at Bengaluru Metro due to a strike called by Metro staff demanding to release their colleague who is under police custody.

The story turned ugly when Metro staff refused to undergo the security screening and physical frisking before entering the metro station just like the commuters.

In the scuffle Two Karnataka State Industrial Security Force constable was surrounded by metro staff, the local police intervened and arrested the Metro staffers on the charges of thrashing policemen.

The negotiation between Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) and the Metro staffers continue, but protesters reluctant to budge unless their colleagues released from police custody.

Vasanth Rao, Chief Public Relation Officer, BMRCL, tweeted and said, “Train services temporarily stopped, will tweet once the issues are resolved”.

Members of Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) have extended support to the protesting Metro staff.

Around 3 lakh commuters are dependent on Namma Metro network across 42 kms in Bengaluru to reach to work and back home.

Meanwhile, BMRCL Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola, said that as per standard security guidelines, nobody including the Metro staffers was exempted from undergoing security screening at Metro stations.

-(NAV, Inputs; Agencies)

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