A Taiwanese company rioting at an iPhone factory in India has been blamed by outside gunmen, the company said

Social media spread photos and footage from the scene of the riot, in which someone set fire to a car, the scene was violent.

Wistron’s iPhone factory in India was attacked by rioters on Saturday, and social media released photos and footage of the riot, in which cars were set ablaze in violent scenes. The incident cost Wistron about 4.37 billion rupees ($60 million), according to Indian officials.

In addition to the damage to smashed ground floor office facilities, vehicles and thousands of Apple iphones stolen from production lines, the damage forced factories to shut down for two weeks in the run-up to Christmas, people familiar with the matter told Taiwan’s Central News Agency.

Fortunately, the factory only produces the iPhone SE2020, which is still in stock. If the stock gets tight, Wistron can move the production of iPhone SE2020 to another factory in India, without affecting supply for the time being.

Wistron in Karnataka province (state) of factories near bangalore, on Saturday morning from protests by nearly 2000 workers around the factory, accused of wages are cut, demonstrations turned violent behavior, from India to push Trinidad and Tobago, according to an account to upload the film heavily rioters smashed up workshop on the first floor office equipment, glass, vehicles and arson, even partial destruction 2 floor of the production line. Local police have arrested about 130 people in connection with the attack.

Shivaram Hebbar, karnataka’s labor minister, told The Times of India and other Indian media that the conflict was due to disputes between Wistron and contract labor companies and contract workers.

Jagadish Shettar, head of industry in Karnataka province, said the violence was likely the result of poor communication between Wistron and labor companies and workers. “What we’ve heard is that the company paid the agent, but the agent didn’t give the money back to the employee, and that’s confirmed.” Mr Herba said wistron had been told by the Labour Department to hand over the money within three days.

A source familiar with the matter also told CNA that Wistron had commissioned five local labor companies to help it find and hire workers, and that Wistron had duly allocated funds to the companies each month on promised wage terms. The media’s claim that Wistron had been slashing the wages it had promised to its employees was completely untrue. It was supposed to be a dispute between the labor company and the workers.

Taiwanese businessmen in India pointed out that, due to the Indian ethnic class, ordinary grassroots workers in India would trust higher-caste employers or managers. It needs to be further clarified whether the Wistron riot was caused by labor agency companies or Indian supervisors colluding with others to obtain illegal benefits and deliberately inciting grassroots employees to riot.

Wistron also issued a statement to clarify that it was not a strike but a crime, that the new plant had been targeted because of poor security and that the rioters were outsiders rather than employees.

“The incident was caused by intruders and vandals from outside,” the statement said. “The company abided by the law and fully supported and cooperated with the relevant authorities and police in their investigation.”

Wistron has been operating in India for more than a decade and has set up factories in northern and southern India since 2015, without a similar incident.