Violence mars trade unions strike, police baton charge protesting workers

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 21, 2013 14:00 hrs

Violence marred the two-day nationwide strike called by the major trade unions, as police baton charged the protesting workers at various places who vandalized factories and took to streets on Thursday against government economic policies.

Violence erupted elsewhere in the country as workers, angry about high fuel prices in particular, tried to keep vehicles off the roads.

The members of a trade union came out in droves in Bangalore as a mark of their protest against anti-labour policies.

The irate workers also vandalized business establishments in Noida and threw stones at the factory buildings.

Police baton-charged the protesting workers at various places to disperse the violent protesters.

Arun Kumar, Additional Director General of Police (law and order), Uttar Pradesh, said that additional force was deployed to control the violent mob.

"We will look into the damages done and we will see that under what circumstances such an incident has taken place. Some were casual labourers and some anti-social elements, who have taken the advantage of the situation. We have also increased the number of security personnel and the investigations are still on," said Kumar.

The streets of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala wore a deserted look as shops remained shut and public transport remained off the roads.

Production at the Maruti Suzuki's Manesar plant and Hero MotoCorp Ltd came to a standstill, as the workers decided to join the strike and the operations remained suspended on the second day of the strike on Thursday.

The banking sector came to a grinding halt as several public banks remained closed in several cities.

The strike comes as the beleaguered government prepares to present an austerity budget to Parliament and as it weathers a corruption scandal in a big arms deal.

Parliament began its budget session on Thursday and the government is to present its expenditure plan for fiscal 2013-14 (April-March) next week. (ANI)

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