90 Indian workers to be prosecuted for resorting to violence

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Dubai, Oct 31 (UNI) Ninety Indians are among 159 expatriate workers who will be prosecuted for resorting to violence during last week's protest at the Jebel Ali Industrial area demanding better pay and working conditions, Indian consulate said.

''Of the ninety, majority are from Punjab,'' Mr B S Mubarak, Consul Labour and Welfare said. Most of those involved in the protest were from Punjab, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh.

''Most of the 4000 Indian workers who were detained at the Aweer jail have been released and have gone back to work,'' he added.

The workers were hired by Pauling Middle East, a general contracting company.

The consulate officials visited the workers at the jail yesterday and negotiated their release with the authorities.

Those who are being prosecuted are not being given any legal assistance from the consulate, it has been learnt.

The UAE authorities have filmed the unrest and said those who were involved in violence will be prosecuted and deported with life ban.

The last one year has seen several labour protests in the UAE over low wages and poor living conditions.

UNI

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