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Mob attacks factories in Delhi

From R. Vasudevan—Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, 22 February ( :

A flash mob attacked at least eight factories in the capital on Thursday during the second day of the two-day nation-wide strike called by major trade unions, police said.

Hundreds raising slogans against the government's economic policies suddenly attacked the garment factories in the Okhla industrial estate in south Delhi.

Police detained some of the attackers. "The situation is now under control," additional commissioner of police Ajay Chaudhary said.

TMC goons chop off man's ear

Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress workers allegedly chopped off the ear of a panchayat worker in West Bengal's Murshidabad district on Thursday for joining the two-day nationwide strike by major trade unions, police said.

"We have received information of the incident but no complaint has been registered so far," an officer of Jalangi police station, under which the incident happened, said.

The incident occurred in Jalangi in Murshidabad district, some 200km from Kolkata, when Hazrat Omar, a panchayat worker arrived at his office Thursday. "I was sitting in the office when some Trinamool Congress goons came and asked why I was absent from office yesterday (Wednesday) and before I could reply they attacked me with a knife and cut a major portion of my left ear," said Omar.

Adhir Chowdhury, Congress parliamentarian from Berhampore constituency in the district, condemned the incident and demanded immediate punishment for the guilty. "The Trinamool Congress has vowed to keep strikers at bay and this is what they are doing. Trinamool is now a party of goons who have gone out of control," said Chowdhury.

The strike has been called by 11 central trade unions to press a 10-point charter of demands.

- Asian Tribune -

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