Factory workers under the banner of Textile-Hosiery Kamgar Union (THKU), Karkhana Mazdoor Union (KMU) and Naujawan Bharat Sabha (NBS) staged a protest in front of the deputy commissioner's office against increasing incidents of robbery and snatchings, and demanded more security for the workers.
The members said that labourers and poor living in colonies of factory workers were facing incidents of robbery, thefts and snatchings and were easy targets of burglars and snatchers.
KMU convener Lakhwinder Singh said: “Incidents of robbery and snatching increases when the workers get their salary. The situation is so serious that even police are indulging in snatching money from poor labourers by intimidating them in different ways. And when the labourers go to lodge a complaint, police not only refuse to register their complaint, but also abuses them.”
He said the police administration was not paying any heed to their demand despite strong protest from workers on June 12, seeking adequate security.
The protesters demanded proper security arrangements by increasing police patrol at night, proper lighting of the streets and roads, and proper hearing to workers' complaints by police.
They also urged the administration to direct the factory owners to open bank accounts of the workers and transfer their salary into their accounts.