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Dubai deports Indian workers

Eighty-six workers, mostly Indians, were deported from Dubai for allegedly attacking their colleagues.

india Updated: May 24, 2006 19:35 IST

Eighty-six workers, mostly Indians, were deported from Dubai for allegedly attacking their colleagues, who had broken a five-day protest for better wages.

The construction workers of Besix, the Dubai-based Belgian company were deported on Monday.

As many as 8,000 Besix labourers had stopped work on May 16 across the UAE demanding better wages.

Some protestors beat up 50 colleagues on Saturday evening, lightly injuring the men, after they went to work, effectively breaking the strike, an official was quoted as saying by the Gulf News.

The protest halted work on about 17 projects, including on Burj Dubai, causing a direct loss of Dh 5 million (Rs 6,22,30258) and an indirect loss of between Dh10 million (Rs 12,45,70,770) to Dh15 million (Rs 18,68,97,400) to the company.