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DIBRUGARH, Oct 29 � The lockout at the Andrew Yule-owned Khowang Tea Estate has been lifted and normal work will resume from tomorrow, the tea estate management sources said.

The tea estate management had declared a lockout of the garden after a suspended sardar and a few of his accomplices attacked Deputy General Manager Ranjan Saikia on October 22, inflicting on him serious head injuries.

The lockout was lifted following a reconciliation meeting at the office of the Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) here today. The meeting was attended by the Khowang Tea Estate management, former Union minister Paban Singh Ghatowar, other leaders of the ACMS, a representative of the ABITA, Assistant Labour Commissioner and about 60 workers from the Khowang Tea Estate.

The workers reportedly apologised on behalf of the perpetrators of the attack and assured that such violent activities would not be repeated in future.

The tea garden workers and the ACMS leadership also resolved that they would not go against the tea garden management in the event of any disciplinary action against the guilty.

Deputy General Manager Ranjan Saikia told The Assam Tribune that all work in the tea garden would resume from tomorrow, and that all pending wages payable to the workers would be cleared on the same day.

However, rations to the workers will be distributed the next day, he added.

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Lockout at Khowang TE lifted

DIBRUGARH, Oct 29 � The lockout at the Andrew Yule-owned Khowang Tea Estate has been lifted and normal work will resume from tomorrow, the tea estate management sources said.

The tea estate management had declared a lockout of the garden after a suspended sardar and a few of his accomplices attacked Deputy General Manager Ranjan Saikia on October 22, inflicting on him serious head injuries.

The lockout was lifted following a reconciliation meeting at the office of the Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) here today. The meeting was attended by the Khowang Tea Estate management, former Union minister Paban Singh Ghatowar, other leaders of the ACMS, a representative of the ABITA, Assistant Labour Commissioner and about 60 workers from the Khowang Tea Estate.

The workers reportedly apologised on behalf of the perpetrators of the attack and assured that such violent activities would not be repeated in future.

The tea garden workers and the ACMS leadership also resolved that they would not go against the tea garden management in the event of any disciplinary action against the guilty.

Deputy General Manager Ranjan Saikia told The Assam Tribune that all work in the tea garden would resume from tomorrow, and that all pending wages payable to the workers would be cleared on the same day.

However, rations to the workers will be distributed the next day, he added.