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Police cane-charge agitating workers, 20 injured at SDA office

india Updated: Jan 19, 2009 16:20 IST

Agitating workers of diamond industy, which is reeling under recession, pelted stones at the office of Surat Diamond Association (SDA) on Monday, after they faced short fall in the forms of school fee exemption for their kids.

To help the diamond workers in this recession period, the Association was paying the school fees on behalf of the workers, police said.

Police lobbed teargas shells to control the rampaging diamond workers as 20 people sustained injuries during the stone pelting incident, officials said.

The SDA had recently introduced the scheme under which the children of diamond workers would be exemopted from paying fees for their studies.

This scheme was introduced to give some relief to the diamond workers who are reeling under pressure due to slump in the diamond industry and many of them have lost their jobs.

Over 20 people sustained minor injuries duirng a stone pelting incident at the office of the Surat Diamond Association (SDA) in Varacha area in Surat on Monday, police said.

Four tear gas shells were lobbed to control the crowd which was pelting stones on the SDA office, they said, adding that light baton charging was also done to control the situation which had become tense.

The incident occurred when around 4,000 to 5,000 diamond workers and their family members had gathered at the SDA office to collect school fee exemption forms for their children, police said.

With large number of people gathering at the SDA office, there was a short fall in the school fee exemption forms which led to an altercation between the SDA officials and the diamond workers who had lined up since early morning on Monday to collect the forms, they said.