25 vehicles set on fire during trade union protest,50 arrested

Over 25 vehicles were set ablaze and several industrial units damaged as the nationwide strike by trade unions today turned violent, prompting police to arrest 50 persons.

Taking a serious note, Divisional Commissioner Meerut has ordered a inquiry into the violence by a senior official.

The SHO has been transferred and attached to police lines, while two policemen and as many fire personnel were injured in the violence.

Workers went on a rampage in Noida Phase 2 area and damaged industrial properties and set vehicles, including a fire brigade, on fire.

Workers clashed with factory owners in a hosiery complex in Noida Phase 2 and damaged industrial properties.

Other affected areas in Noida are sectors 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 67, 81, 82. Protesters pelted stones and damaged vehicles in Phase III industrial area under sectors 58 and 59.

"Violence erupted around 12 noon in Noida Phase 2 in the Hosiery complex area. When fire tender reached there to extinguish the burning vehicles protesters had set it ablaze too," Chief Fire Officer Aman Sharma said.

About 25 vehicles were set on fire during the protest.

Two firemen too suffered minor injuries, he said adding, 25 fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the fire.

Meerut Divisional Commissioner, Mritunjay Kumar Naryan, who visited the violence-hit areas, said, "Additional Commissioner Ajay Shankar Pandey will conduct the inquiry and submit report in next three days."

"I assured the industrialists that additional police force will be deployed tomorrow and they can run their factories," he said.

"A case has been registered at Noida Phase 2 police station. 50 protesters have been arrested and search hunt was on for others involved in the violence," a police spokesman said.

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