Surat: 300 diamond polishers pelt stones at factory

Surat: 300 diamond polishers of Kiran Gems in Surat staged protest and pelted stones on Friday after company didn’t pay them 3 month salary. Polishers were irked after company didn’t make any alternate management for clearing their dues.

Diamond polishers complained that whenever they demanded salary from the proprietor, he used to cite demonetization and cash crunch as main reason. According to polishers, they are unable to meet their daily expenses due to non-payment of salary and so decided to stage protest on Friday.

“We requested company owner to pay Rs 5000 so that we can meet our household expenses, but he bluntly refused to pay us. We have submitted our bank account details and other necessary information to the company, but have not received salary yet,” said one polisher.

Sources said that protest by polishers irked company management and they threatened polishers of terminating them, if didn’t wind-up their protest. Sources said that many polishers were locked in the factory premises, when they tried to join the protest initiated by 300 polishers.