The nationwide strike 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,” an 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.

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 and end to disinvestment in PSUs.

(This article was published on February 20, 2013)
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