Faisalabad: 6 injured as factory owners, workers clash Issue of a raise
FAISALABAD: Six people sustained injuries in a clash between powerloom workers and their employers here on Sunday in Lakkar Mandi. Reports said labourers staged a protest rally and blocked Jhang Road, demanding raise in their wages. They also chanted slogans against the government and factory owners for depriving them of their genuine rights.
Some of the protesters got infuriated and clubbed factory owner Talha Sheikh and two of his friends Azeem and Shafiq when they resorted to aerial firing to disperse the labourers.
The workers also pelted different factories with stones and also allegedly set alight a factory owned by Shafiq Ahmed. However, workers rejected the allegation and said factory owners staged the fire incident only to implicate labourers in false cases.
Three labourers — Khursheed, Naseer and Mairaj — also sustained injuries when factory owners clubbed the protesters. The injured were removed to the Allied hospital where their condition was stated to be stable.
A heavy police contingent was present during the protest demonstration. Mr Talha told the Jhang Bazaar police that they resorted to aerial firing when some protesters were trying to enter his factory.
Jhang Bazaar SHO Rana Asif said both sides had filed applications for registration of the case. “We are looking into the matter for filing of the case.” However, the police had arrested three labourers.
It’s the second clash between factory owners and powerlooms workers over the issue of wages. The first incident took place on June 24 in Sadhar industrial area, which left a labourer, Ajmal, dead and injured nearly a dozen others.
PML-Q MPA Ajmal Asif and a few of his accomplices were nominated in the FIR on charges of killing the worker, however, no arrest had been made yet.