Migrant labourers went on rampage on Friday in Ludhiana. The labourers were protesting against the alleged snatching of wages from them. They damaged vehicles and property and even set nine cars on fire. Authorities imposed indefinite curfew in five police station areas of the industrial town.
The labourers, who hailed mainly from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, also threw stones on police personnel, who burst tear gas shells at some places. Fifteen policemen were injured in the violence, said DGP P S Gill , adding that a case has been registered against unidentified persons for arson and violence. He added that rail and road traffic through the industrial town has been restored.
The protesters also damaged window panes of a textile mill in Dhandari area. Work in a number of factories in the town was disrupted.
Police personnel have been deployed in strength in the affected areas where the situation was described as tense but under control.
The Punjab government sought two companies of Central paramilitary forces following the large-scale violence. "The Union Home Ministry has been requested to send two companies of paramilitary forces for deployment in Ludhiana," Gill told reporters.
The security personnel conducted a flag march in the affected areas of the town, police said.