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AIR employee threatens to jump from tower, persuaded to climb down
Onkar Singh in New Delhi/PTI |
August 14, 2003 11:52 IST
Last Updated: August 14, 2003 14:06 IST
Police on Thursday noon managed to persuade an aggrieved All India Radio employee, who had threatened to jump off a tower in the Akashwani Bhavan premises in Delhi, to climb down.
He has been taken to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital for a medical checkup, DCP Manoj Lal told rediff.com.
Lal said that an employee of a television channel, who is a friend of Borah, played a crucial role in ending the episode.
Earlier in the morning, the busy Parliament Street became even busier when Bhaskar Borah (22), an AIR newsreader and a casual employee, threatened to jump to his death if his demands were not met.
Borah is the general secretary of the Association of Casual Newsreaders and Translators. He threw some pamphlets from the tower, which listed his demands. They included a meeting with the Information and Broadcasting minister and the Prasar Bharti CEO.
His other demands are increase in the payment to newsreaders of regional languages from Rs 250/shift to Rs 500/shift, regularisation of all casual employees and providing I-cards to newsreaders.
He also complained about payments being delayed up to 10 months.
Traffic on the busy street was thrown out of gear and a posse of policemen began regulating the movement of vehicles. A huge snorkel has been pressed into service has been kept on standby. Employees from the nearby offices, including that of the Reserve Bank of India and the Planning Commission, came out and were watching the proceedings.
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