Bandh turns violent in Noida

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 20, 2013 10:09 hrs

New Delhi: The two-day nationwide strike called by eleven major trade unions today, turned violent in some parts of Noida, adjoining the national capital.

According to some TV reports, around thousands of trade union workers protested and pelted stones at some factories that had opened and burnt vehicles in Noida Sector 82.

They set fire to vehicles of the factory owners as well as fire tenders that were summoned to tend the fire.

At least one factory complex was also torched, officials and witnesses said.

A hosiery unit in Noida was ransacked, police sources said.

Hours later, strike supporters stoned factories and outlets in sectors 81, 82 and 84 of Greater Noida.

Glass panes in many factories were shattered even as the security guards tried to pacify the mobs and later fired in the air, a police officer told IANS.

Road traffic was hit at many places in Greater Noida and Noida because of the violence.

Some policemen have been injured during the clash when they baton charged to disperse the restive crowd.

These trade unions have put forward a charter of ten demands before the government such as 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 and raising minimum wage to Rs.10,000 a month.

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