India: Keralan cement dealers have condemned attacks on cement shops and cement vehicles allegedly carried out by workers attached to the railway goods sheds in the towns of West Hill and Kallai. They have warned they will retaliate if the attacks continue. The Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithi (KVVES) has declared support to the dealers, organised under the banner of the Kerala Cement Dealers Association.
T Naziruddin, KVVES president, inaugurating the general body meeting of the Kerala Cement Dealers Association's Kozhikode unit, demanded the intervention of the authorities to settle the issue. District president of the association MV Sakeer Hussain, who presided over the meeting, called for an immediate end to the attacks, which he said were being carried out to press for higher unloading charges for cement at railway goods sheds.
The association has alleged that the workers were insisting that cement should be brought to the city only by trains and that vehicles bringing cement by road were being attacked to create an artificial scarcity of cement. He said that this in turn would cause hardships to those who depended on the construction sector for livelihood.