India cablers protest killing

Police say business rivalry likely motive

BOMBAY — Cable operators went on strike all over India on Monday to protest the killing of Ram Punjabi, senior exec of Indian Cable company IN Cablenet, who was shot Sunday in Mumbai.

All transmission was suspended from 6 a.m. to midnight Monday except for news channels.

Protest notices carried by all the cable operators stated that services had been suspended as a tribute to their slain colleague. Police in Mumbai suspect business rivalry between competing cable operators was the killing’s motive.

Punjabi had been associated with the Hinduja-owned IN Cablenet since 1995. Lately, Punjabi had been responsible for the IN Cablenet’s major fiber optic conversion project. The conversion has caused competing operators concern.

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