Over 100 newly recruited trainee technicians-cum-operators, who were to join the trainee and development centre (T&D) of Bokaro steel plant on Friday, were badly thrashed by a group of displaced youths while they were waiting to enter the premises.
The attackers, angry that outsiders had bagged jobs at the steel plant, did not even spare girls, passers-by and a few journalists who tried to intervene. They also threatened that others coming to work at the plant in the future would meet the same fate unless the displaced got jobs.
Twelve of the attackers have been arrested.
According to eyewitnesses, the trainee technicians-cum-operators (TOTs) hailing from Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Jharkhand had gathered outside the T&D main gate around 8.30am, half an hour before the scheduled time. Carrying important documents, some of them were accompanied by their parents.
“Suddenly, more than 60 youths, several of them riding motorcycles and armed with sticks, reached the spot and started beating the TOTs. They also tore the documents the trainees were carrying,” said a passer-by.
The hooliganism continued for an hour till security personnel from Bokaro Steel and police arrived.
“Several of my documents got torn despite my father trying to protect me. I was slapped and my laptop got damaged,” said a female trainee from Durgapur, Bengal.
City police station officer-in-charge A.K. Singh said the 12 were being interrogated.