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iPhone manufacturer claims loss of Rs 437.4 cr in Karnataka violence

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A company that owns a plant manufacturing iPhones in Karnataka’s Kolar district has claimed that it has suffered losses to the tune of Rs 437.40 crore due to the violence by the workers on Saturday.

Notably, several workers of the Taiwanese firm Wistron Corporation had allegedly indulged in arson, loot and violence at the Narasapura manufacturing unit over salary disputes.

The local police said the protestors damaged costly equipment including machines and computers and set vehicles on fire. In the complaint registered at Vemagal police station, the company said office equipment, mobile phones, production machinery and other equipment were lost.

Infrastructure worth Rs 10 crore, Rs 60 lakh worth cars and golf carts, smartphones and other gadgets worth Rs 1.5 crore were damaged, stolen, or lost, the complaint stated. The company in its complaint claimed that 5,000 contract labourers and about 2,000 unknown culprits indulged in vandalism at the factory’s facility.

The police have so far arrested 149 people and detained a few others.

Statement by company

The managing director of Wistron India, Sudipto Gupta, said in a statement the company was deeply shocked by the events at its Narasapura facility.

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“We follow the law and we are cooperating with the authorities in their investigation. The safety and wellbeing of our team members is always our top priority,” Gupta said in a statement to the media.

Govt condemns violence

The Karnataka government has not only condemned the incident but also assured to step up security at the plant adding stringent action will be taken against the people involved. Political parties in Karnataka on Sunday sought a thorough probe into the violence as they expressed concerns about its possible impact on the investment-friendly image of the state.

Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwathnarayan said, “Have spoken to the SP, Kolar to ensure that all measures are taken to bring the situation under immediate control and the culprits are identified. Strict action will be taken under the law against the errant elements.”

“It is imperative that nobody takes the law in their own hands. There are appropriate forums to resolve such issues without indulging in this wonton violence,” he added.

 

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