Thirty-two persons,including Shiv Sena corporator Kishori Pednekar and party leader Deepak Bagwe,were arrested by the N M Joshi Marg Police on Thursday for allegedly ransacking the Lower Parel office of The Week of the Malayala Manorama Group.
A group 32 persons,believed to be affiliated to the Bhartiya Kamgar Sena (BKS),barged inside the office of the magazine,demanding a meeting with the deputy general manager of sales. The group included 11 women.
Senior inspector Sudhakar Ghagare said the persons who had gone to the office were demanding that a worker who was allegedly laid off be reinstated. The members also demanded that 26 employees be made permanent.
The organisation had hired 35-40 persons from a job consultancy firm and had terminated the services of one of them. The person had approached a court saying he should be taken back. The group,which comprised Pednekar and members of the BKS,barged into the magazines office and demanded a meeting with the deputy general manager of sales,Geogi Zachariah, said Ghagare.
They assaulted Zachariah and snatched his mobile phone,before damaging the landlines. They also threw the phones on the ground, he said.
Senior general manager of Malayala Manorama,Shree Kumar Menon ,said that Zachariah was taken to Jaslok Hospital where he is currently undergoing treatment.
He suffered injuries to his head,thigh and back. He also suffered a cut on his hand from the broken glass at the office. He is undergoing treatment and the extent of his injuries is still being examined by doctors, said Menon.
Officers said when other employees tried to reason with the protestors,they were pushed.
Senior police officers said that the arrested persons have been booked under the Indian Penal Code for rioting.
The arrested persons have also been booked under sections of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act. They will all be produced in court on Friday, said Additional Commissioner of Police (Central Region) Vineet Agarwal.