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Worker ‘death’: Mob torches 100 cars

Police said that rumour about workers death led to violence, however, now the situation was under control.

Written by Sandali Tiwari | Gurgaon | Updated: February 13, 2015 3:13 am
riots, delhi The Gurgaon Police has lodged a complaint against the workers for rioting, arson and is investigating the matter. (Source: Express photo)

At least six garment manufacturing units were vandalised and over 100 cars damaged by a group of around 300 angry factory workers in Udyog Vihar Phase-2, Gurgaon, on Thursday.

According to sources, the incident took place after workers of Gaurav International and  its sister-company Richa Global — both garment manufacturing companies — heard a rumour that one of their co-workers had allegedly died after being assaulted by a company official for reporting late.

However, in the evening,  after investigating the claims made by workers, police found that Shammi Chand, the 32-year-old worker who was rumoured to be dead, was only hurt and was back home after receiving treatment in a private hospital.

The Gurgaon Police has lodged a complaint against the workers for rioting, arson and is investigating the matter.

ACP(Crime) Rajesh Kumar said, “Chand was taken to Safdarjung hospital and was discharged on Wednesday. He then filed a complaint at the Udyog Vihar police station. The SHO was waiting for the medical report to register the case. But on Thursday afternoon, during lunch hour, his wife spread the news that Chand has died at the hospital.”

According to sources, Chand worked in the quality checking department of Gaurav International. He was not allowed to punch in when he reported for work on Tuesday as he was 10 minutes late. Guards at the reception desk first stopped him and then allegedly slapped him for reporting late. This led to an argument, a worker claimed. Later, when Chand resisted, a company official was called in and he allegedly assaulted Chand further. The worker collapsed and he was rushed to hospital, police said.

“Out of nowhere, the news of the worker’s death spread and other workers took to the streets and damaged vehicles parked outside,” a spokesperson of Gaurav International said.

According to initial reports, 110 vehicles were vandalised and 17 cars and motorbikes were set ablaze.

Two fire tenders and district police force were rushed to the spot to control the situation. Workers alleged that the fire department reached the spot 40 minutes after being alerted. They claimed that had police acted on Chand’s complaint, Thursday’s incident would not have happened. “We are investigating the incident and action will be taken against whoever is found guilty, be it company officials or workers,” a police officer said.

Police said one of the factory managers was injured in the violence and rushed to Civil hospital where he is undergoing treatment.
Gurgaon Police Commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk said, “The miscreants who turned violent were not factory workers, but outsiders. There is no report of any death or injury and no one has come to us with any complaint. There has been major damage to company property and we are conducting an investigation as to what triggered the incident.”

The violence threw the traffic on NH-8 out of gear after police blocked the entry and exit points to Udyog Vihar. As a result, traffic on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway, MG Road and at IFFCO Chowk and Signature Tower areas was blocked for almost two hours.

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  1. A
    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:06 am
    Even i agreed with the comment made by vibhor AS NO HAS A RIGHT TO HIT SOME IN SAME CORPORATE. And the action should be taken against the company officials but no one would do that as they are the low poor category people and one can hardly care for them but one day if they would be filled with these kind of anger ofcourse it 'll turn as a violence. I think respected govt. should do an investigation on it NOT FROM OUTSIDE but FROM INSIDE and they 'll come to know what is the truth and who is responsible behind. The Respected company Owners are more affected due to this as at first go they are losing their money and name in the market due to this. Govt. Should look into it as at many places workers are getting treated like any thing and being threatened by their superiors. its just my opinion rest the police is looking into it and we 'll all come to know about the truth.
    1. Y
      Feb 13, 2015 at 10:25 am
      Gaurav International/Richa and Company, all these make workers slog. All their goodness is on papers only. People who work there are often victims of such torture but seldom report. These are one of India's biggest export companies but they care less for employee satisfaction. They can never satisfy the requirements of social compliance like BSCI or SMETA. But it is all hand in glove with audit agencies, where they stuff their mouth with money so that one cannot speak. Surprise raids are required to see the working conditions. How can you beat someone up for reporting 10 minutes late. You can very well understand the ideology of the company. Owners often tell their management what to do and they take a backseat. YET YOU WILL SEE ALL THESE BIG BS H&M, GAP, ZARA WILL CONTINUE PRODUCING FROM THEM. NO ONE STOPS BUSINESS. AT THE END IT IS ALL MONEY HONEY!
      1. Gaurav Kaintura
        Feb 13, 2015 at 12:40 am
        this all happend in front of my eyes as i work in rolta tower which is just opp. to this building ... and u all should know that the owner of this company is too good for workers but he was not there it was the manager and his fellow istant and guards who did this.. so plz dnt blame the owner as he was not in town but his company get detro today bcz of some s he hired
        1. V
          Feb 13, 2015 at 1:32 pm
          1st thing no one has to right to hit some in same corporate as all are employees either he's manager or any ,if any employee comes late or not following rules made by company then they have rights to fired that person not to hit him and com..must be taken action against those stupid people who did this and in future company has to take care for this ...................
          1. R
            Feb 12, 2015 at 7:31 pm
            These factories may be export oriented companies, but do not follow basic human decency. Rioting is absolutely wrong and to be condemened and punished. But the authorities should close down the factory for illegally aulting the worker. Hope HH Kejariwal will take this very serious. Let us see what happens
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