Andhra Pradesh

Arrest of CITU leaders sparks tension at Aurobindo Pharma

Police officials and CITU leader D. Govinda Rao having an argument at Pydibhimavaram in Srikakulam district on Tuesday.

Police officials and CITU leader D. Govinda Rao having an argument at Pydibhimavaram in Srikakulam district on Tuesday.  

Large police force was deployed as a precautionary measure

Tension prevailed for over three hours as CITU leaders got into a tussle with the police during a protest at Aurobindo Pharma at Pydibhimavaram in Srikakulam district on Tuesday.

A large police force was deployed in the village on Monday night in anticipation of trouble with a strike call being called at the plant on Tuesday morning. Police arrested CITU leaders D. Govinda Rao, P. Tejeswara Rao, Ch. Annam Naidu, and union general secretary K. Guru Naidu.

‘Strike a failure’

CITU workers condemned the arrests, claiming that the strike call was a success with a majority of the staff boycotting work. Mr. Govinda Rao alleged that the management was paying meagre salaries to the workers despite registering high profits every year. He called for a hike in wages and regularisation of contract workers.

Meanwhile, management representatives K.N. Rao, M. Venkata Rao and P. Tirumala Rao claimed that the strike call failed to evoke any response. “The employees and workers are aware of the trade unions’ motives to create a rift between the management and the staff. Aurobindo Pharma pays higher salaries than what is prescribed by the Labour Department and also takes up several charitable activities with CSR funds,” Mr. Venkata Rao said.

He thanked Srikakulam Superintendent of Police R.N. Ammi Reddy for ensuring law and order at their units and other places of Pydibhimavaram industrial zone. He added that a senior executives of the company would meet Collector J. Nivas and explain to him steps taken by the company to create jobs for locals in the last two decades.

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