1 killed as guard fires on protesting diamond workersJuly 6th, 2008 - 4:28 pm ICT by IANS
Bhavnagar (Gujarat), July 6 (IANS) One person was killed and six others were injured when a private security guard opened fire at a mob of diamond workers, who were protesting over wage hike Sunday, the police said. The trouble began Sunday morning when close to 40,000 workers, who were demanding a hike in wages, took their protest to the diamond units in Kumbudwadi area of the city, about 200 km from Ahmedabad. They pelted stones and damaged some vehicles, the police said.
A private security guard at a diamond unit opened fire leading to one person - identified as Vijay Arjunbhai Japadia, 21 - being killed and six others injured.
Diamond workers across the state Saturday started their protest for wage hike. The protest was organised following a 20 percent hike given to diamond workers of Surat.
The Surat Diamond Association had recently announced a rise of 20 percent in wages but many manufacturing units are refusing to pay the increased wages leading to workers unrest.
Diamond workers of other parts of the state like Rajkot, Ahmedabad, and Amreli are also demanding a 20 percent wage hike.