A day after the widespread arson across Noida, most factories and offices remained shut as an uneasy calm prevailed in the industrial areas on Thursday. Minor violence continued despite heavy security on the second day of Bharat bandh called by trade unions.
Nearly 122 people were arrested in connection with the violence and 184 FIRs registered at the Noida Phase 2 and Sector 58 police stations. Eighty-six people were held on Wednesday and the remaining on Thursday. The police said most of them were anti-social elements.
The bandh, however, had no effect on markets, school and IT companies which remained open on Thursday.
District Magistrate MKS Sundaram imposed Section 144 restricting unlawful gathering in the district till February 28. “Some trade union leaders have been arrested. It is early to say if all of them belong to an association or group,” said Sundaram.
Though there was a deployment of 1,500 police personnel at all industrial sectors, sporadic cases of violence were reported in the morning.
Officers and constables were roped in from neighbouring districts apart from six companies (one company consists of around 150 people) of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and one company of Rapid Action Force (RAF).
On Thursday, nearly 150 protestors suddenly appeared at A-block in Sector 5 and started pelting stones. The police reached the spot and controlled the situation. Five people were arrested while the others fled.
In a similar incident, about 100 workers assembled in Sector 10 and started pelting stones but the police prevented them from inflicting any damage.
Sundaram said an inquiry was being conducted by the additional commissioner of Meerut zone, to find out the cause of violence, the loss and alleged police apathy.