By Sudhir Katiyar Yesterday a meeting of striking workers was attacked violently by the brick kiln owners. A group of workers was holding a meeting two kms from Haripura chauraha. Suddenly the brick kiln owners came in a group of ten vehicles and attac …

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By Sudhir Katiyar

Yesterday a meeting of striking workers was attacked violently by the brick kiln owners. A group of workers was holding a meeting two kms from Haripura chauraha. Suddenly the brick kiln owners came in a group of ten vehicles and attacked the workers and union team from behind. The attack was sudden. The women with children were also not spared. The workers dispersed under this sudden attack. The Union team members had to flee for their life. They were pursued by the attackers.

The attack was preplanned. Earlier the owners had collected in Maandal town and held a meeting. They gave an application against the Union to the Police Station. And then came out and went to the meeting site for the attack. The police and the administration is supporting the owners as is evident by the statements they gave in the media blaming the Union for provoking the owners. Even media is giving more prominence to owners’ version.

The Union team has met the district collector. He has been handed a list of 15 groups of workers who want to be released from bondage. This is going to be the main strategy now as the owners are not interested in a dialogue with the workers. The news from the kilns is that the owners have forced the workers to resume work under threat. The pathera workers want to leave but the owners are making them work under force.

We appeal for support from all at this critical juncture in the movement. You could write to the Chief Minister on Rajasthan on this brazen attack on workers movement.

Chief Minister’s Office,

Secretariat,

Jaipur 302005 (Raj.)

INDIA

Phone : +91(141)2227656, 2227716 Fax : +91(141)2227687

Email: cmraj@rajasthan.gov.in or cmrajasthan@nic.in

Sudhir Katiyar on behalf of Rajasthan Pradesh Int Bhatta Majdoor Union.


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