Bharat Bandh: Striking trade Union workers set ablaze vehicles in Noida

Feb 20 2013, 21:01 IST
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Strike called by 11 trade unions; taxi and auto unions extend support in Delhi. (PTI) Strike called by 11 trade unions; taxi and auto unions extend support in Delhi. (PTI)
SummaryWorkers clashed with factory owners in a hosiery complex and set ablaze vehicles.

The nationwide two-day strike, Bharat Bandh, called by trade unions turned violent in Noida where workers clashed with factory owners in a hosiery complex and set ablaze vehicles prompting authorities to deploy PAC in the area.

Workers went on a rampage in Noida Phase 2 area and damaged industrial properties.

From Sector 82 till Greater Noida entry point, which is the industrial belt, workers set ablaze a car, bus and a fire engine, police said.

"People just barged in, looted everything in sight and even tore our registers," a industrialist said.

Another industrialist said every single building in the hosiery complex had their windows broken and many vehicles were on fire.

Industrial associations have blamed lack of proper policing arrangements for the violence.

Other affected areas in Noida are sectors 56, 57, 59, 60 67, 81, 82.

PAC has been deployed in the affected sectors and the situation has been brought under control.

Central trade unions have called a two-day nationwide strike in support of their various demands including urgent steps to control price rise, strict enforcement of labour laws in all places of work, social security net for workers in the unorganised sector, end to disinvestment in PSUs.

Bharat bandh: Banking, transport hit, commuters harried

The trade unions two-day strike across India has forced many businesses to shut down across the country and brought woe to commuters and in some instances led to violence, especially in Noida in Uttar Pradesh and Ambala in Haryana.

A trade union leader trying to stop a bus from plying was killed in Ambala as the two-day nationwide strike called by Central trade unions disrupted normal life in many states today and hit banking and transport sectors leaving commuters in the lurch.

In Haryana, bus driver Narender Singh, who was also the treasurer of AITUC, was killed when he tried to stop a bus which was being taken out from the Ambala Depot despite the strike, district president, Haryana Roadways Workers Union's, Inder Singh Bhadana said.

After the incident, other assembled workers resorted to violence damaging vehicles belonging to the Ambala's Deputy Commissioner of Police and SHO of the Baldev police station area, police said.

Earlier, AITUC General Secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said that the victim was allegedly stabbed to death by some persons who wanted to take out buses from the depot despite the strike.

Commuters in the national capital faced hardships as a section of auto-rickshaws and taxis remained off the road in support of the strike.


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