New Delhi: Even as migrant workers across the country continue their journey back home in ‘Shramik Special Trains’ or otherwise, and those stranded stage protests, violence broke out in Jammu & Kashmir’s Kathua on Friday, as mill workers, demanding full salaries, went on a rampage. Also Read - Aurangabad Train Accident: 'Shocked, Ashamed,' Rahul Gandhi Condoles Death of Migrants, Criticises Govt Over Failed Strategy
The development took place as the workers, engaged with Chenab Textile Mills in Kathua, blocked Jammu-Pathankot highway today. Expressing anger over non-payment of full salaries and money for the ongoing lockdown period, they threw stones at factory premises, damaged the furniture, and raised slogans against the management. Also Read - Trending News Today May 8, 2020: Another Tragedy As 17 Migrants Run Over By Train in Aurangabad; 'Absolutely Devastating', Says Twitter
A police gypsy too, became a target of the agitated workers. Also Read - IRCTC News: Second Special Train Carrying 1200 Migrants to Leave For Muzaffarpur From Delhi on Friday
Speaking to media, Kathua SSP Shailendra Mishra said, “They think that payment given by the mill is not sufficient. Also, they want to go home. Injured will be sent to hospital.”
The police later pacified the protesters and assured them that there concerns will be addressed.
This development, notably, comes on a day a group of migrant workers, who were on their way back to Chhattisgarh, and was taking rest on railway tracks, was run over by a goods train in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad. At least 15 people were killed in this incident.
Jammu & Kashmir, which was, August last, converted into a union territory, currently has over 700 cases of coronavirus, including at least eight deaths.