Workers’ protest turns violent in Gurgaon
Protesting workers of a private firm in Gurgaon fought pitched battles with the police, injuring several policemen, and torched many vehicles after a contractor allegedly assaulted one of their colleagues.delhi Updated: Mar 19, 2012 23:08 IST
Protesting workers of a private firm in Gurgaon fought pitched battles with the police, injuring several policemen, and torched many vehicles after a contractor allegedly assaulted one of their colleagues.
The police had to resort to lathicharge to disperse the agitated workers of Orient Craft Limited, situated in Udyog Vihar, Sector 37. The violent mob of workers pelted stones at the company premises and set on fire 20 bikes, two trucks, one SUV and one police Gypsy. They also damaged one fire tender and a Honda City car.
Around 15 workers and two police constables suffered injuries in the clash, which took hours for the police to control.
The police said a contractor named Lawli had an argument with two workers — Naseeb and Anil Kumar — and allegedly assaulted them with a sharp object. Soon after the incident, around 1500 workers assembled to protest against the company management. They were demanding action against the contractor.
After they got no answer from the management, they took to the streets. "They set on fire the vehicle of ACP (traffic) Ravi Tomar and pelted stones at the policemen. We had to use force to disperse them," said Hamid Akthar, DCP (south), Gurgaon Police.
After the local police failed to control the situation, they called in the reinforcements. Two riot control vehicles and three fire tenders were rushed to the spot.
"They tried to force other workers to join the agitation. The situation was very tense here," said a company official.
The police have registed an FIR against unknown persons for rioting.