- Fury demonstration against management at Arihant Spinning Mill in Malerkotla town of Sangrur district
- In an attempt to control and worsen the situation, 400 unidentified persons have been booked for breaking curfew
May 16, 2020, 06:57 PM IST
Malerkotla. At a mill in Malerkotla, Punjab, the atmosphere deteriorated late on Monday night when hundreds of laborers, angry over wage cuts, started demonstrating against the management. When the administrative officer and police force reached the spot to control the workers, suddenly the workers came on the stone pelting. During this time SDM Vikramjit Singh Panthe, DSP Sumit Sood and ASI Jaswinder Singh were injured. Jaswinder Singh's arm broke. The police had to resort to lathicharge on the workers to control the situation. A case of curfew violation has also been registered against 400 unidentified persons.
The incident occurred at Arihant Spinning Mill at around 10 pm on Monday. The mill workers allege that they are not being paid their full wages for the work. The ration shop is being given expensive ration inside the mill. When someone is ill, they are not even treated properly. They are being forced to do work. No one is allowed to go out of the mill. In such a situation, there was a demand from the workers that the wages of the workers should be increased. They should be provided cheap ration. Mill officials dealing with abusive labor should be transferred.
At the same time, SDM Vikramjit Singh Panthe said that there is a lot of anger among the workers. The workers were not ready to listen to anyone till late in the night. Even on Tuesday morning, an appeal was made for the workers to talk, but the workers were not letting anyone in. In such a situation, the company director Neeraj Jain was called on behalf of the administration. After this, the workers allowed them to come in without police. They have tried to calm the workers down considerably. The workers have also been assured to get cheaper rations, but the workers are adamant on increasing the salary.
On the other hand, the GM of the mill Kuldeep Jain says that according to the rules after the lockdown, only 1350 laborers living inside the mill were called to work. Some workers did not return to work for 15 days. All have been paid as per the work on behalf of the mill. Despite this, some workers are creating a ruckus demanding full salary.