Workers of an export company in Udyog Vihar turned violent on Monday after a contractor allegedly assaulted a worker. The irate mob 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. The city police used force to disperse them and around 15 workers and two police constables suffered injuries.
The police took nearly three hours to control the mob. But, the workers took to the streets in Udyog Vihar later and disturbed the traffic movement. According to the police, trouble began at Orient Craft Limited in Sector 37 when Lawli, a contractor, allegedly assaulted workers Naseeb and Anil Kumar with a sharp object after an argument.
Angry over the incident, around 1,500 workers assembled to protest against the company management, demanding action against the contractor.
"The mob set on fire a gypsy that belonged to ACP (traffic) Ravi Tomar. They also pelted stones at the police force," said Hamid Akhtar, DCP (south), Gurgaon police. Two riot control vehicles and three fire tenders reached the spot to control the mob, Akhtar added.
Meanwhile, the company management said they will not file any complaint against the agitating workers.
"It was a brawl between two groups that took an ugly turn. We have not suffered any major financial loss. It seems some anti-social elements took advantage of the situation and stoked the anger," said Anoop Kumar Thatai, director of Orient Craft Limited.
The police, however, have filed an FIR against the mob for rioting. The accused contractor is absconding. "We have asked the company management to provide the CCTV footage. We will identify the accused soon," said a police official.