Jai Balaji Udhyog labourers, YC activists thrashed by BJP workers

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 May 2017 10:36:01

Staff Reporter,


THE youth Congress activists and retrenched labours of Jay Balaji Udyog, Durg were allegedly chased and thrashed by BJP party workers at Talpuri in Bhilai on Wednesday noon when they attempted to burn the effigy of Cabinet Minister, Prem Prakash Pandey to protest against the retrenchment.
The senior congress leaders condemned the incident stating that the poor labourers and Youth Congress activists protesting peacefully were attacked and inflicted with injuries by the ruling party workers. The police arrested as many as 29 Youth Congress activists under preventive sections who were later released from the court.

According to information, on Wednesday afternoon, infuriated over sudden retrenchment the Jai Balaji Udyog labourers, accompanied by Youth Congress activists were protesting the action by the company and as a mark of protest they attempted to burn the effigy of the cabinet minister at Talpuri in Bhilai but were allegedly chased and thrashed by BJP workers. Lokesh Sahu, president, Durg Jila Youth Congress (Rural), Deepak Sen, Rajesh Sahu, Kumar Nishad and other activists sustained injuries. The situation was brought under control following intervention of police. While protesting the unjustified retrenchment of the industry labourers, Youth Congress activists also burnt the effigy at Jayanti Stadium in Bhilai. While initiating legal action in the matter, the police rounded up Youth Congress activists at both places to maintain law and order.

In the aftermath of the vehement protest and alleged attack on the party workers, B D Qureshi, former State Minister; Bhajan Singh Nirankari, former MLA, Vaishali Nagar; Arun Vora, MLA Durg (Urban); Pratima Chandrakar, former MLA, Durg (Rural), Hemant Banjare, president, District Congress Committee (Rural) along with party leaders called on the Inspector General of Police, Durg Police Range and gave a memorandum pressing for stern legal action. They also filed a complaint with the Bhilai Nagar Police Station.

Keshav Bunty Harmukh, president, Jai Balaji Udyog Majdoor Sangh alleged that he along with the labourers and Youth Congress workers was protesting the sudden retrenchment of 700 labourers of the industry at Talpuri in Bhilai when the BJP workers chased and attacked them causing fracture injuries to Lokesh Sahu while others also sustained injuries in the gruesome attack. He also informed that in the gruesome attack the BJP workers also damaged over 10 two-wheelers and two SUVs parked in the location.

While elaborating on the issue, Harmukh alleged that on August 26, the authorities from the industry opted for sudden closure without prior formalities while depriving over 700 labourers of employment and about two months wages. While alleging apathy on part of district administration and police in the issue persisting for long, he said that the association and affected labourers intensified the agitation after learning that the company was intending to resume production by outsourcing labourers from other places.

Alexander Kiro, Station House Officer, Bhilai Nagar Police Station informed that while acting in the matter police arrested about 29 agitators under preventive sections to maintain law and order. He also informed that all of the arrested activists were released after the police produced them in the court. The police are investigating into the complaint lodged by Congress party leaders and on basis of facts legal action would be initiated, added SHO, Kiro.

While denouncing the incident, B D Qureshi, former State Minister alleged BJP workers for indulging in hooliganism and attacking poor labourers and the Congress party workers protesting the retrenchment of labourers in a democratic and peaceful manner.