Wednesday, March 12, 2008

CITU members beat worker to death "for Striking"!

According to Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) the trade union arm of CPM its Workers right to Strike. However, I guess what is left unsaid is in West Bengal it means "its the sole right of CITU"

Yesterday, members CITU chased and assaulted labourers of a lesser union, leading to the death of one of them.

Contract labourers belonging to the CESC Thika Mazdoor Sangh had called a ceasework on Monday demanding their recognition as electrical workers.

Eyewitnesses said around 50 members of the Thika Mazdoor Sangh were travelling towards the CESC unit near Ruby Hospital in the afternoon when they were chased by CITU men in five trucks.
As soon as the labourers got off near the CESC unit to distribute leaflets urging co-workers to join the strike, they were surrounded by the CITU men, who started beating them up.
One of the labourers, Ramparvesh Singh, got separated from the others and was pinned to the ground. The 42-year-old received serious head, chest and neck injuries and died at National Medical College and Hospital. At least 19 others were seriously injured.


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