DOOMDOOMA, April 19 - Due to unresolved conflict between the labourers and the manager, the management of Chowkhani Tea Estate declared lock out in the tea garden on April 11, a delayed report received here stated.
According to information available, on April 10, the manager of the garden Ashok Tiwari had an argument with a female labourer named Geeta Jagat (43) on the quality of leaves she was plucking in the garden.
Geeta alleged that the manager even snatched away her mangal sutra from her neck. Later, all the female labourers gathered and assaulted the manager, who fled from the garden and informed the owner Om Prakash Chowkhani about the incident. The owner declared lock out in the garden on April 11.
On the other hand, Doomdooma branch of Assam Tea Tribes Students� Association (ATTSA) has demanded immediate withdrawal of lock out in the garden. The tea tribe student body submitted two separate memorandums to the Deputy Commissioner and the Assistant Labour Commissioner of Tinsukia district seeking their intervention in this matter and urged them to take immediate steps to withdraw the lock out.