ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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MAHARASHTRA-Tensions in an Industrial Slum

MAHARASHTRA Tensions in an Industrial Slum A R Momin BHIWANDI, which was the scene of a communal holocaust in 197O, was in the grip of industrial tensions a few days ago. Labour unrest has been brewing in Bhiwandi for the past few months, but the most tragic culmination of this unrest came in the police firing on February 13 in which one youth was killed and four others were injured. The Maharashtra government has ordered a magisterial probe into the firing. One of the specific terms of reference for inquiry is whether any private party had used a fire-arm. There was an opposition adjournment motion on the police firing in the Maharashtra legislative assembly on February 14. Mrinal Gore of the Socialist Party, who moved the adjournment motion in the assembly, alleged that "agents of a powerloom owner had snatched a rifle from a constable and opened fire''. This revelation adds a .significant dimension to the question of industrial tensions in Bhiwandi. However, its full implications can hardly be grasped unless one looks into the socio-economic background of the problem.

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