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B&M Express Delivery, the company that operates the Nova Express delivery service, is facing backlash after its delivery delivery drivers were photographed outside of their homes in some of the country’s most expensive areas.
In a statement to Al Jazeera, the firm said the photos were taken in a rural area of northern India and “have nothing to do with the Nova”.
The firm added: “We do not condone the use of any violence and do not encourage anyone to engage in any type of physical behaviour.”
The drivers are reportedly paid a living wage, with drivers being required to wear helmets and protective equipment.
India has long been a hotbed for street protests against the countrys rampant drug and violence.
Many people say they want to end the drug trade in the country and the drivers of the Nova express delivery service are often called the ‘Nova Express’.
B&=M has faced backlash in recent years after it was revealed the company’s drivers were routinely arrested for drunk driving.
In 2013, a group of people led by a journalist were allegedly attacked by drivers for being drunk.
The group was attacked by B&am drivers who allegedly shouted “Go back to the US”, as the men were leaving a B&m restaurant.
The driver was reportedly caught on camera in a scuffle with another group of protesters.
The protests came after a report by The New York Times, which said that the drivers were being paid less than the minimum wage of about $4 a day.
In November last year, B& was accused of violating India’s Anti-Corruption Act by failing to report more than 20 cases of police brutality against drivers, who have been charged in at least 10 cases.
A group of journalists, including journalists for the BBC and Reuters, wrote to the company last year to ask for the company to investigate whether drivers were paid poorly.
“We are deeply concerned about the alleged treatment of drivers who work for B&AM Express,” they wrote.
“We are asking that B&AMS’ investigation and investigation into the alleged mistreatment of drivers be conducted.”
B&AM’s statement to the Times said the company “strongly denies the allegations”.
“We take all complaints very seriously and are currently investigating them,” the statement said.
B& did not respond to requests for comment from Al Jazeera.
In February, B.
M said it would offer drivers an additional 1% commission on each delivery.
In March, the government of Maharashtra announced it would provide a 10% discount on deliveries of food and beverages to B&s drivers.
M’s statement said that “it will be up to the drivers to decide whether to accept this offer and if they choose, how they wish to use the discount.”
India’s anti-corruption laws make it illegal to accept a bribe from a public official or businessperson.