Textile Mill workers agitate over non-payment of full wages in Kathua, stones pelted; Police gypsy damaged

Jammu: Thousands of workers of largest factory of Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory, Chenab Textile Mill on Friday amidst the lockdown, went out of control and agitated over non-payment of full wages for the month of April in Kathua district.
However, some of the labourers and policemen also suffered injuries as workers pelted stones during a protest while an official gipsy of police was also damaged.
The agitating workers resorted to violence and also blocked the Jammu-Pathankot highway to protest the non-payment of full wages amid the ongoing lockdown.
“The workers this morning assembled at Workers’ Colony inside the factory and staged a demonstration against the management after they came to know that they have allegedly been paid half of their monthly wages due to the lockdown,” police sources here said.
They said labourers marched towards the main gate of the factory and damaged the furniture and other infrastructure.
Protesting workers, later, also blocked the highway and resorted to stone-pelting.
Police said that the workers alleged that they were being paid Rs 350 per day but the management of the factory has credited the wages at the rate of Rs 175 per day to their accounts which were grave “injustice” in the prevailing circumstances.
Sensing trouble, police teams led by Senior Superintendent of Police, Kathua, Shailendra Kumar Mishra rushed to the spot and held deliberations with the protestors.
“The matter has been settled down and the protesting workers dispersed,” the SSP here told UNI.
He said that the workers were demanding full wages and permission to move to their respective villages in different parts of the country.
The top cop added that some of the policemen have also suffered injuries when angry protestors indulged in stone-pelting.
“Nearly 5,000 workers are working in the Mill,” Mr Mishra said adding that the matter is being taken up with the management of the Chenab Textile Mill and regarding their permission, MHA guidelines and SOPs will be followed accordingly for further action.