Despite the HC order, trade unions disrupt work.

Trade union protesters allegedly assaulted and threatened customers . Shop owner of Killi store in Thiruvananthapuram, asked for protection for opening shop .

Thiruvananthapuram: As trade union protesters staged a strike in Thiruvananthapuram, they allegedly assaulted and threatened customers, the owner of the Killi store, asking for authorities protection for opening the shop and doing regular business.Since 2013, we've been doing business here.After a renovation on April 25, we began the whole mess.We objected to Rs 15,000 from the trade union staff, which came from INTUC, CITU, UTUC, AITUC, and BMS.

Even then, they continued to harass us.The police did not turn up for some days, and those days were terrible with their crimes, he said.The shop owner has now served a contempt notice to the High Court apologizing for the escalating atrocities.The hearing will take place on May 18.Meanwhile Kiran TR, SHO of Kattakada police station, said, The issue has been resolved and the shop owner is doing fine now.

We have employment rights, and the site is part of a government-approved development plan.The labour department is clearly indifferent to the situation.