Bharat Bandh: factories, cars attacked in Noida near Delhi
Updated: February 20, 2013 09:11 IST
The two-day Bharat bandh called by 11 major trade unions paralysed banking services across the country and shut down public transport in cities. Factories in Noida came under attack and a trade union activist died in violence in Ambala. Union Minister V Narayanasamy appealed to the unions to call off their strike, which industry body Assocham estimates will cause of loss of Rs. 15000-20000 crore.
During the Bharat Bandh or all-India strike on Wednesday, factories and cars were vandalized in Greater Noida near Delhi.
A unit of Halonix that makes lamps was badly damaged during the rampage.
Cars set on fire in Noida.
In the wake of riots, several establishments have put up signs outside the gate announcing that they will be closed for two days.
Harjeev Chawla, one factory owner told NDTV that he began getting calls since around 8 am in the morning yesterday that mobs were roaming around the complex breaking glass and setting cars on fire.
A fire brigade engine was also attacked and set on fire in the area.
People walk past the vandalised cars at the premises of a factory.
Factory owners told NDTV almost all buildings and warehouses in the complex were found vandalised with glass on facades broken.
The worst-affected area was reportedly the Hoisery Complex, Phase 2, Noida.
A policeman on the spot of riots.
Some owners were holed up inside their offices, claiming that the police is ignoring desperate calls for help.
A police van was damaged during stone pelting.
Police later increased their presence in the area. However, many factory owners felt the damage was already done.
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