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Industrial Bandh : Over 200 trade union volunteers held in Pondy

Following this, different trade unions called for a bandh at the Saidarapet Industrial Estate today.

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Puducherry: Police on Thursday arrested more than 200 trade union volunteers when they created trouble during the bandh at Saidarapet Industrial estate here.


It may be noted that workers from Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, and even from North India are working in about 500 industrial units at the Saidarapet Industrial estate.

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It was alleged that the government order to provide 60 percent reservation for local workers in the industrial units was not implemented as also many other industrial laws in the industrial units.


Following this, different trade unions called for a bandh at the Saidarapet Industrial Estate today.


More than 90 percent of the industrial units and all shops at Saidarapet remained closed.


The trade union volunteers resorted to a demonstration and when they got information that one industry is functioning, they rushed to the spot and threw rotten eggs at the workers working inside the factory.


Police tried to prevent them and they threw the eggs at the police too which led to the arrest of 22 trade union volunteers.


Later, the trade union volunteers staged a road blockade in the area, and the talks police had with them failed.
Later, police arrested another 200 trade union volunteers. Traffic on the route was affected for over an hour.

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