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Police arrest two Bangladeshis over Manolada assault

Two men suspected of injuring two compatriots with a knife in wages dispute

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According to a police statement, the arrested men and two others who are being sought attacked and injured the two victims when they requested unpaid wages

(File photo) (File photo) Police have arrested two Bangladeshis for injuring two compatriots with a knife in a town in Ileia, in the western Peloponnese.

The incident occurred in Manolada, where three foremen opened fire on migrant strawberry pickers last month after they demanded up to six months' backpay.

According to a police statement, the arrested men, aged 25 and 33, and two others who are being sought attacked and injured the two victims when they requested unpaid wages.

The 33 year old had misappropriated €12,000 in wages given to him by the strawberry plantation owner and intended for the workers.

Files against against the two men are being prepared for causing dangerous bodily harm and use of weapons. They are expected to be brought before a prosecutor in the nearby town of Amaliada.

Police say the stabbing took place on Thursday night, during a dispute over wages at a camp where the strawberry workers live.

While three of the suspects held the victims, the 33 year old inflicted injuries on them with a knife.

In a statement, antiracist group Keerfa said the ringleader, whom they named as "Nasir", injured one man in the leg and the other in the back.

Keerfa described Nasir as the "minion" and "thug" of a local boss called "Mr Yiorgos". 

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