Most of the protesters arrested for the violence in Noida and Delhi during the two-day bandh called by 11 trade unions on Wednesday and Thursday were disgruntled workers who wanted to settle personal scores with their former or current employers.
In addition, there were many juveniles who joined the mob just for fun, police said on Friday. Their involvement was established from CCTVs footage, both in Delhi and Noida.
While 109 people were arrested in Noida, the Delhi Police arrested six persons for allegedly damaging more than 15 commercial establishments in south Delhi’s Okhla industrial estate on Thursday morning. The police have not been able to apprehend any of the juveniles.
Two of the six persons arrested for the Delhi violence, Guddu Kumar and Tajuddin — both residents of Indira Kalyan Vihar — were working in one of the factories targeted by rioters on Thursday. They were unhappy over wages.
“Two other arrested persons, Rohit and Jainath Singh, also worked in one such factory. They were sacked some time ago,” said the officer said. The police are looking for one Raj Kumar, who led the protests.
“Most workers were either sacked or had disputes with employers. Some of their cases were being heard in the labour court. Some anti-social elements also took advantage,” Om Prakash Tripathi, SHO of Noida Phase 2 police station said. The Noida Police have registered 172 FIRs. More rioters are being traced through video footages.
District Magistrate MKS Sundaram had said on Thursday that majority of rioters were in the age group of 15 to 25 years and were disgruntled workers.
Several minors were seen pelting stones and damaging vehicles and property.
The police are still raiding three villages — Naya Gao, Ilabas and Yakubpur — adjoining industries in Noida phase-II.
These areas are home to 50% locals who made new houses after getting compensation from the state government for acquired land. Half of population lives here on rent and works in companies in Phase II.