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Dubai, Apr 28:: Nearly 2,000 workers, mostly Indians, involved in the construction of over 100 high-rise buildings in Dubai, stopped work and went on a rampage demanding better wages and working conditions.

The workers damaged eight cars and two buses, destroyed official documents and also pelted stones at office buildings besides beating up a site engineer last evening, a media report said.

This is the second incident of Indian workers going on a rampage in less than a month. Earlier, 5,000 workers at Burj Dubai, where the worlds tallest building is being constructed, stopped work and staged violent demonstrations.

The workers, all of Al Ahmadiyah Contracting Company, allege ill treatment, arbitrary salary deductions and non-payment of overtime by the management for stopping work.

The protest, which began at 6.30 p.m. (local time), continued till late in the night. As the workers turned violent, police baton charged them and took a few of them into custody, the Khaleej Times reported. 


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