MNS Workers Vandalised Amazon Warehouse In Pune Over Marathi Language Support

  • Recently Wistron’s workers had vandalized the factory over salary dues.
  • The workers said that they want the Marathi language option on e-commerce platforms like Amazon and Flipkart.
  • Amazon has initiated the process of including the Marathi language on their app, said reports.

Raj Thackrey-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers, on December 25, vandalized an Amazon warehouse in Pune for not adding the Marathi language support on its platform.

The MNS workers recently demanded Amazon India to provide Marathi language support on its platform for customers based in Maharashtra. After not getting any response from Amazon, the workers started tearing up Amazon’s posters.

Later then, Amazon India approached the Dindoshi Court in Mumbai over a case related to vandalism of the company’s posters. The court then issued a notice to MNS leader Raj Thackeray, directing him to be present before it on 5 January while hearing Amazon’s plea against the political party. 

An FIR has been registered against 8 to 10 MNS workers for vandalizing the Amazon warehouse in Pune’s Kondhwa, the police said.

“We had approached them two to three months ago and had raised the issue of why they need to launch a Marathi app for Amazon,” said Nitin Sardesai, an MNS leader.

“They initially agreed. However, later on, they refused. Then they went to court against us. We had that case quashed but now they have filed a second case against us, making party president and others the respondents.” he added.

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Commenting on the incident, An Amazon India spokesperson told ET, “This is an unfortunate incident at our site by external parties and we are working with the site team to ensure the safety of people.”

“We will continue to extend all cooperation to law enforcement as may be necessary. The Safety of associates is our key priority and we will continue to ensure a safe working environment for all our associates,” the spokesperson added.

While commenting on the incident, The spokesperson said that the company is progressively working on adding more local languages on its platform.

In September 2020, Amazon India had added four local language support on its platform, including Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam.

Amazon India currently supports six languages, including English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam. While Flipkart supports five languages, including Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada.

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