Bangalore: Stewards of the Bangalore Turf Club (BTC) have decided to cancel successive fixtures, beginning Friday. Stewards decision followed, after a section of syces turned violent objecting to some contents of the MoU, which was signed on Tuesday, between syces union and representatives of the Karnataka Racehorse Owners Association (KROA), the Karnataka Trainers Association (KTA) and the BTC. The parties concerned had worked out a compromise formula and an agreement to this effect was to be signed, on Wednesday.
Trouble started when some disgruntled elements, allegedly provoked by an erstwhile union leader, started creating problems. There were heated arguments which took a violent turn, injuring two horseowners who had to be hospitalised.
When contacted, the BTC chairman Srinivas Gowda said; We had agreed to pay syces a gross salary of Rs 7,000 plus ex-gratia of Rs 2,165. A 10 per cent hike for jamadars, farriers and riding boys was also agreed upon. This apart, we also came to an understanding on their 19 other demands. The agreement was to be signed, on Wednesday.