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Kanpur: Textile Mill Workers Allegedly Detained, Union Leaders Confined to Homes By Police Ahead of Smriti Irani’s Rally

The Lal Imli mill workers were planning to protest as they have reportedly not been paid salaries for the last 20 months.

Lal Imli textile mill workers and their union leaders were reportedly barred from leaving their homes in Kanpur by the police on March 24, as they were planning to stage a protest against union textile minister Smriti Irani who was holding an election rally in the city.

Vinod Nigam reported in Patrika that the workers at the mill have not been paid salaries for the last 20 months and 41 mill workers have died in the last two years.

The Lal Imli mill is owned by central government’s British India Corporation (BIC).

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According to union leader Ashish Pandey, the protest upon receiving word of Smriti Irani’s public rally. However, while the leaders were reportedly put on a sort of a house arrest, some workers were detained by the police. After Irani concluded her rally and left, they were allowed to come out of their houses, Pandey told Patrika.

The report added that the mill workers are fuming at the police action and have announced that they will not cast their vote in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections if the salaries are not paid in the next 15 days.

Pandey told the Patrika that after the Narendra Modi-led government came to power, no budgetary allocation has been made for the salaries of the mill workers.

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“We have registered numerous complaints with the union textile minister Smriti Irani, Uttar Pradesh industrial development minister Satish Mahana and state textile minister Satyadev Pachauri. However, no action was taken. Due to government apathy, we were planning to stage a protest, which is our democratic right,” he said, reported Patrika.

“We just wanted to bring the matter to the minister’s attention, but police forcibly imprisoned us inside our house,” he reportedly added.

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