A week after the lynching of a top official of Allied Nippon Limited (ANL) in Ghaziabad, police have rejected the request of workers’ union to lodge a counter FIR against company officials.
On November 13, ANL’s assistant general manager Yogender Chaudhary, 42, suffered critical injuries after workers thrashed him outside the ANL premises. He later succumbed to his injuries.
On Saturday, office-bearers of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), said efforts were on to get an FIR registered through a court after police refused to lodge a complaint sent by post on November 14. The ANL workers’ union is affiliated to the CITU.
“Now, they are free to lodge an FIR in the case through a court,” said senior superintendent of police (SSP) Raghubir Lal.
Link Road station officer Avnish Gautam said an FIR was already lodged into the case against the workers. “We have rejected the workers’ FIR as it could give them legal advantage in the case related to murder and rioting. But we will consider their allegations during the investigations,” Gautam said.
In their complaint, the workers alleged that some senior officials of the ANL attacked them with arms, which led to the clash. “A group of senior officials were hired to suppress the workers at ANL. These officials also fired shots before Chaudhary was attacked. We are now moving a court for an FIR,” said JP Shukla, Ghaziabad CITU secretary.
Denying the allegations, ANL vice-president HR MS Chaudhary said: “None of the officials carried arms inside the factory premises. Had that been the situation, some of the workers would have definitely suffered injuries.”
Meanwhile, additional district labour commissioner DP Singh said the violence at ANL was a result of “sudden provocation”.