On the second day of the two-day nationwide strike by 11 trade unions, rioters launched sporadic and scattered attacks at several locations in Delhi on Thursday.
Stones and bricks were thrown on at least 12 factories in southeast Delhi’s Okhla Industrial Area and west Delhi’s Mayapuri. More than a dozen vehicles were also damaged, police said.
“While 16 DTC buses were reportedly damaged in Wazirpur, two buses were damaged at the Old Delhi Railway Station. At least 11 rioters were detained from the spot,” said a senior police officer.
In Okhla, about 25 to 30 protesters engaged in guerrilla-type attacks on commercial establishments and randomly stormed one factory or office at a time. There was panic among employees and factory owners as the units were evacuated with the help of police.
According to the police, the protesters had been inspired by the violence in Noida.
Though most autorickshaws and taxis remained off the roads causing inconvenience to people trying to reach railway stations and bus terminals, officials claimed there were enough buses on the roads and commuters were not inconvenienced.
No violence was reported from the industrial towns of Noida, Greater Noida, Gurgaon and Faridabad. Most industries remained shut here on Thursday. Fearing violence, UPSRTC buses did not run in Noida.
In Gurgaon, thousands of workers joined the industrial strike in the sprawling industrial belt. “Because of Wednesday’s violence in Noida, small and medium-scale industries in the belt declared a one-day holiday on Thursday,” a union member said.