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iPhone manufacturer Wistron will get necessary protection from the govt, says Karnataka Minister

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Shettar said that the state government is ready to provide adequate protection to companies that have invested in the state.

Taiwanese manufacturer Wistron has been reportedly vandalised by its employees. The iPhone manufacturer situated in Kolar, however, has been promised to get necessary protection by the government, as per a report by ANI. The promise came from Minister for Large and Medium Scale Industries in Karnataka Jagadish Shettar on Saturday.

"Employees of a Taiwanese company vandalised Wistron office, situated in Narasapur Industrial Area in Kolar district of Karnataka, on Saturday. The incident occurred over the non-payment of salary dues for several months. The company deals with the manufacturing of Apple iPhones in India," read a press statement from the Minister. 

"The protest against the management turned violent after some people started vandalizing the office, setting vehicles on fire, pelting stones and setting the company's board on fire," the statement read. 

The minister even mentioned that it is not right for employees to take the law in their hands, regardless the problem.

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"The State government has taken steps to develop industries in the State and is committed to the protection of the worker's right. The problem could have been resolved if it had been adequately addressed as per law," the statement quoted him as saying.

Shettar said that the state government is ready to provide adequate protection to companies that have invested in the state.

"We will take stringent measures to prevent such unpleasant events from recurring. We have already spoken with the District Superintendents of Kolar District and the Superintendents of Police and have been instructed to provide necessary protection. Karnataka is a peaceful state, which has always welcomed foreign investors and investment and provided them with a peaceful and friendly environment to conduct business," the statement read.

"The incident at the Wistron plant is unfortunate and unacceptable. The Government is committed to conducting a full and fair investigation into the incident and punish the wrongdoers," he added.

Even the Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka CN Ashwath Narayan on Saturday condemned the incident. As per the report, hundreds of Wstron workers were seen entering the manufacturing plant at Narasapura in Kolar district of Karnataka and damaging the office properties.

"It was imperative that nobody takes the law in their own hands. There are appropriate forums to resolve such issues without indulging in this wonton violence," the Deputy CM said in a tweet.

As per Narayan the Superintendent of Police (SP) Kolar willensure all measures are taken to bring the situation under control and those responsible for it will face strict action. 

Narayan adds that he has discussed the matter with Meena Nagaraj, the Director of Electronics, Information Technology and Biotechnology at the Government of Karnataka. He also ensures that all workers' rights will be protected and their dues will be cleared.

With inputs from ANI.

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