Lakki Marwat: Police halts Labour leaders under ATA
LAKKI MARWAT: According to the Dawn News on Monday, Darra Pezu police have arrested four labour leaders after registering a case against them under the Anti-Terrorism Act for allegedly making hostage Chinese engineers and officials of a cement factory and attacking the admin block and office of the general manager. An official of Lucky Cement, Col (retd) Samiullah has nominated Muhammad Ismail, Muhammad Sajjad, Bismillah, Muhammad Latif, Akram, Yousaf and 10 to 15 other accused in the FIR. “The accused allegedly made hostage Chinese engineers, provoking workers to boycott work and threatening the factory management in speeches they delivered in a meeting,” a police official said on Sunday. The official said that four culprits nominated in the FIR had been arrested while hunt had been launched to ensure the arrest of others accused persons as soon as possible. “The accused persons instigated factory workers to close the cement production plants and also made hostages Chinese engineers and factory officials in order to press the management for fulfilment of their illegal demands,” he quoted the complainant as saying in his preliminary report. Meanwhile, in a press release the LCL management said that on Sept 18 Ismail, Akram, Sajjad, Muhammad Yousaf, Muhammad Latif and Bismillah along with 10 to 15 unknown persons gathered on the main gate and forced the workers to attend the protest meeting against factory management. It said that the so called labour leaders instigated the workers to close the factory for fulfillment of their illegal demands and also made hostages the Chinese engineers and officials of LCL management. It further said that these people also attacked the office of general manager where they allegedly made hostages the Chinese engineers who were later rescued by the factory security staff. It added that DSP Lakki and SHO Darra Pezu along with police contingent reached the place and dispersed the rioters.