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April 13, 2006

Microsoft Research facility hit by Bangalore rioting

Posted by David Hunter at 5:07 PM ET.

PC World Canada:

The death of popular local film actor Rajkumar on Wednesday threw India’s IT hub Bangalore into disarray as fans went on a rampage, demanding that shops and other establishments close as a mark of mourning for the 78-year-old star.

The facility of Microsoft Research Lab India Pvt. Ltd. was stoned Wednesday evening by fans of the actor, according to a lab spokeswoman.

Expecting more unrest, a number of IT companies have declared today, when the actor’s funeral is scheduled, a day off for their staff.

Microsoft was among those closing according to Reuters:

Leading IT companies – including Wipro, iGATE and Infosys, India’s second-largest software company, along with multinationals Microsoft, Dell Inc and IBM – said they would stay closed today.

“Most companies are forced to close. Nobody wants to take a chance,” an official at a multinational firm said on the condition that that the person and company not be named.

More details by following the links, but the death toll is up to five.

Filed under General Business, Microsoft, Microsoft Research, Offshoring

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