Management Fled tea garden without notice

Work in Nimtijhora Tea Estate under Kalchini police station was suspended today after the management fled the garden without serving any notice.

The suspension of work follows last Monday’s incident in which garden manager T.L. Pandey was confined to his chamber for 17 hours for allegedly assaulting a pregnant worker. The workers had gone to him to complain that the amount of tealeaves being put against each of their names was wrong. Pandey had denied the allegation.

Before leaving the garden, Pandey wrote to all trade unions and the subdivisional officer of Alipurduar, P.D. Pradhan. “We will not return to the garden unless our security is assured and normality restored” the letter reads. Pradhan said a tripartite meeting will be held soon.

Prabhat Mukherjee, the general secretary of the National Union for Plantation Workers, said the main problem in the garden was the law and order.

Source: The Telegraph