For the first time after Saturday's gruesome incident in which Allied Nippon Limited assistant general manager Yogender Chaudhary was lynched by workers in Ghaziabad, the Workers' Trade Union termed the incident as unfortunate on Monday.
Talking to the Hindustan Times, Workers' Trade Union district secretary JP Shukla expressed regret over the incident. "We never wanted this to happen and it was a ghastly act by some among the mob," Shukla said.
Shukla further said the environment in the unit was congenial and a meeting was scheduled at the district labour commissioner's office on Monday.
"But there was some altercation between the officials and the workers inside the bonding unit of the company that agitated the workers. Then an official opened fire, which led to the unfortunate incident," Shukla said.
The labour union office-bearer also alleged that the workers were disturbed by the "inhuman behaviour" of some of the top officials at the unit. "These recently inducted officials misbehaved with the workers, which further infuriated them," Shukla said.
Meanwhile, the slain manager's family members said they failed to understand why Chaudhary was targeted. "He never told us about any adverse situation in the company. This was beyond imagination," said Narendra Pal Tomar, Chaudhary's brother, who is teacher at a management college in Lucknow.
Employers' Federation of India (EFI) also reacted strongly and condemned the ghastly attack at ANL premises. EFI national president Ravi Wig said the issue would be taken up in the coming labour conference scheduled at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi on November 23. "This is a major setback for the entire industry. The incident should be thoroughly investigated. It is shameful that none of the state and national ministers have made any statement on the incident," Wig said.
Wig said foreign investment is likely to suffer following such incidents.
"There has to be a zero-tolerance policy towards such violent acts. Any dispute should be settled within the tripartite agreement," he added.