GURGAON: An assault on their colleague prompted about 2,000 workers of a major textile export company in Gurgaon to go on a rampage on Monday, clashing with police and torching at least 14 vehicles. Around 2,000 labourers from all three units joined the protest.
The mob pelted stones inside the company premises. When around 50 cops reached the site, they too were greeted with stones. Angry workers burnt about a dozen vehicles parked in the factory. They even targeted a trailer and damaged a fire tender which was rushed to the spot. Two more cars parked inside the company premises were damaged while the windowpanes of the neighbouring buildings were smashed.
Describing how it all started, eyewitnesses Rakesh, Vinod and Sandip said that the contractor had asked the all labourers to report to work even on Saturday and Sunday, but they had refused. “When we joined work on Monday, contractor Harender came around 10.30am and started abusing us. One of our colleagues, Rajesh, answered back and the contractor stabbed his hand and slapped him,” they said.
As the situation went out of control, police resorted to a lathicharge. “As a precaution we have deployed around 100 cops there. The workers have been alleging that the company management and the contractor are hand in glove,” said a senior police officer.
Late in the evening, police apprehended five workers involved in the rampage. They have also lodged an FIR against the contractor. Another FIR has been lodged against workers Arjun, Shahid, Rehman, Kuldeep, Rajkumar, Vinod, Rajesh and other agitators.
On their part, plant manager N S Grewal said the company had nothing to do with the clash. “We will remove the contractor if we find he is responsible for what happened,” he added.