(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India
Arrested, Falsely Implicated
a statement issued from Bangalore
on September 15, the Karnataka state committee of the CITU has
condemned the lathicharge
on and arrest of CITU leaders and activists in various parts of the
particular, the police brutally hit and injured the CITU leaders at
Raichur and Gulbarga.
In all these places, false cases were also foisted against several CITU
the day, thousands of workers led by CITU leaders are arrested at
places. The CITU�s state president B Madhava, CITU state secretary S
Kumar, Karnataka Gram Panchayat Workers Union president Maruti Manpade
several other leaders are in jail.
police resorted to the attack on workers when they took out processions
deputy commissioners� offices all over the state to demand notification
uniform minimum wages of Rs 6000 per month all over the state, except Bangalore where
demand is for Rs 10,000. The other demands the workers raised included
statutory regulation of the contract system, social security measures,
universal rationing, house sites, effective implementation of labour
laws etc. CITU
unions had served their demands charter to the respective deputy
in various district a month back. They also staged dharnas in about 175
from September 7 to 11. Yet the BJP state government did not seriously
to their demands.
on August 25, the chief minister had met a delegation of CITU leaders
brief time and heard their demand for a uniform minimum wage. Yet, the
has so far not taken any steps to issue a single notification covering
schedules of employment and fixing a uniform minimum wage.
CITU has decided to step up the agitation and carry forward the
the government concedes the demands. (INN)