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A number of technology companies in Bangalore, India, have shut up shop for the day following the death of the famous septuagenarian Indian actor Rajkumar.

Thousands of people flocked to attend the funeral of Rajkumar, who died of a heart attack, and shops and businesses were shut down as a mark of respect.

However, pockets of violence broke out with press sources reporting that rioters attacking , among other things, a building belonging to Microsoft. Other IT companies also understood to have shut down their operations during this time include Hewlett Packard and McAfee.

UK ISP Be is another firm affected by the unrest. In an email to its customers Be said that a "24 hour government enforced curfew in Bangalore [had been imposed] due to local civil unrest". However, some readers familiar with the situation in Bangalore say no curfew has been put in place. ®

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