CITU Condemns Police Repression on Workers
THE extended meeting of the office bearers of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), held in New Delhi on February 6-7, 2019 has issued a statement condemning the state government of Rajasthan for preventing the free movement of the high level team of the central trade unions led by CITU general secretary and former MP, Tapan Sen, and consisting of CITU national secretaries E Kareem, MP (Rajya Sabha) and Shankar Datta, MP (Lok Sabha); other national and state leaders of CITU, AITUC and HMS, and the all India leader of Kisan Sabha, Amra Ram, former MLA of Rajasthan. The team was physically prevented to meet the management of Daikin air-conditioning factory in the so-called Japanese Zone in the RIICO area of Neemrana in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. They wanted to meet the management on February 5, 2019 as part of the fact finding into the barbarous police lathicharge and teargas shelling on the peaceful assembly of the workers in front of the Daikin factory gate during the nationwide two days strike on January 8-9, 2019, called jointly by the 10 central trade unions and almost all independent national federations. This lathicharge injured several workers. False cases were filed against the workers and many of them were arrested. The police was assisted by the private army of the Daikin company.