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Protesting Anganwadi workers disrupt traffic in Bengaluru

The protests began on Monday near Maharani College and Freedom Park and threw traffic off gear in several parts of the city.

Published: 21st March 2017 12:47 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st March 2017 12:54 PM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: Tuesday witnessed severe traffic jams along Central Business District and Majestic as overnight protests by Anganwadi workers demanding an increase in pay led to jam packed roads. The protests began on Monday near Maharani College and Freedom Park and threw traffic off gear in several parts of the city.

Traffic was chaotic around Majestic, Sheshadri road and K R Circle near Vidhana Soudha following the protests by Anganwadi workers who are demanding Rs 4,000 per month. Thousands of protesting women blocked the road opposite Maharani College and Freedom Park. Overnight protests by the associations saw many of the workers and their children sleeping on the roads.

Traffic was stalled for more than three hours on Tuesday morning and vehicular movement on Maharani College road, Anand Rao Circle and around Majestic is still slow, though it eased up around 11 am. Additional Traffic police personnel have been deployed and senior officials are monitoring security arrangements as Anganwadi workers are trying to approach Vidhana Soudha.

A few protesting women were shifted to the hospital after they lost consciousness and fell on the road. The protests also disrupted traffic for many government employees who were heading towards V V Towers, Vidhana Soudha, M S Building and surrounding offices.

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