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Cops prevent FWICE delegation from meeting Amitabh Bachchan

Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam, was also part of the delegation. He was detained by Versova Police Station for a day.


Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam on Sunday, 27 August, said he was stopped by police from taking a delegation of striking cine workers to meet megastar Amitabh Bachchan.

"Early this morning, police came to my home and prevented me from going out. Later in the afternoon, I was taken to Versova Police Station and made to sit there till 6:30 p.m. before they allowed me to leave," Nirupam told IANS.

In the adjoining suburb of Juhu, Amitabh's bungalow, Jalsa, resembled a fortress with several hundred policemen on guard ostensibly to prevent any untoward incident arising out of the cine-workers delegation.

The delegation, comprising representatives of the striking Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), an umbrella organisation of more than 22 different employee unions, was planning to meet the megastar and request him to support their cause, since they have been working with him for nearly five decades and he is the industry's "role model".

"However, the BJP is attempting to break the legitimate agitation of FWICE, and despite their pleas, Amitabh Bachchan continues the shooting of the upcoming Kaun Banega Crorepati show in Film City with police security. This is shocking and we will continue our protest," Nirupam said.

Later, police asked him to submit the memorandum, which would be duly forwarded to Bachchan.

Nirupam contended that a majority of the 1,50,000 cine-workers are on strike since August 15, but they are being threatened and intimated by a few members of a splinter group led by a Bharatiya Janata Party leader, who is supporting the film-makers and trampling on the rights of the cine-workers.

The FWICE launched the indefinite strike 13 days ago demanding 8-hour shifts, safety at work, job security, health insurance and on-time payments among other things. Recently, the Indian Films and Television Producers Council (IFTPC) had stated they were open for conversation but in a "civilised manner".

All shootings in studios in and around Mumbai and elsewhere in the country, besides the on-locale shoots have been stopped.

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