Another Dooars Tea Garden Shutdown

Jaigaon: Kartik Tea Estate located in the Samuktola police station area of Alipurduar subdivision closed down today after the manager was roughed up by the workers.

With this, 16 gardens have shut down in the Dooars.

The management was supposed to pay the workers a portion of three months’ salary as well as ration and other dues on Saturday, police said. With the amount not being paid even yesterday, the workers gheraoed the manager, Bapan Bhawal.

Besides assaulting Bhawal and tearing his shirt off, the workers kept him confined to his office from 7 am to 8 pm, the police said. The labourers reportedly refused to listen to the manager, who said the payment could not be made since there was a scarcity of funds.

Kaloo Chhetri, the unit secretary of the Dooars Cha Bagan Workers’ Union, said Bhawal left the garden around 2 pm today after handing over the closure notice to the chowkidar of the garden. “Yesterday, the labourers went to the manager to demand an explanation. The allegation of assault is not true,” Chhetri said.

Source: The Telegraph