Taiwan-headquartered Wistron Corporation has alleged that it had suffered losses worth Rs 437.40 crore due to the violence unleashed by a section of workers over salary issues at its plant in Kolar district in Karnataka. A section of employees allegedly carried out arson, loot and violence at the Narasapura manufacturing plant of Wistron over wage-related issues on Saturday, police had said.
In its complaint at the Vemagal police station, company executive T D Prashanth has stated that office equipment, mobile phones, production machinery and related equipment worth Rs 412.5 crore was lost. The company also alleged that employees damaged the building, damaged vehicles, set them on fire, damaged costly equipment including machines and computers.
Infrastructure worth Rs 10 crore, Rs 60 lakh worth cars and golf carts, smartphones and other gadgets worth Rs 1.5 crore were also stolen or lost. He stated in his complaint that 5,000 contract labourers and about 2,000 unknown culprits carried out the vandalism in the factory facility.
The police have so far arrested 149 people and detained a few others. Meanwhile, the managing director of the Wistron India Sudipto Gupta said in a statement the company was in a state of deep shock by the events at its Narasapura facility. "We follow the law and are supporting the authorities with their investigation. The safety and wellbeing of our team members is always our top priority," Gupta said in a statement to the media.
The Karnataka government has not only condemned the incident but also assured security and stringent action against people involved in the arson and violence. Political parties in Karnataka on Sunday sought a thorough probe into the violence at Wistron's manufacturing plant as they expressed concerns about its possible impact on the investment-friendly image of the state.
Condemning the violence, the state government said strict action will be taken on those involved and said that the issue related to the employees' wages will also be looked into. Leaders of the ruling BJP and opposition Congress termed the incident as unfortunate and sought a detailed probe.