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TE workers demand land rights, wages

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DIBRUGARH, June 19 - Irked by the management of Kabir tea estate over lodging of a police complaint against some of its workers for allegedly cultivating in the unutilized plots of the garden and for other issues, several hundred workers led by Assam Tea Tribes Students� Association (ATTSA) and Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) today staged a demonstration in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here, demanding withdrawal of the cases.

The protesters demanded that the workers be allowed to cultivate in the unused plots. They demanded rights over the unutilized plots of the garden. In a memorandum submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, the protesters demanded of the district administration to ensure that different plantations under Khanikar stopped selling off garden land, timely deposited provident fund of the workers and paid the wages to its workers and sub staff without fail, among others.

The protesters staged a six-kilometre-long protest march from Khanikar to the office of the Deputy Commissioner here. The ATTSA leaders included Cultural Secretary Basanta Kurmi, Assistant Secretary Ranjit Thakur, District Publicity Secretary Lakhindra Kurmi, Vice President Ajoy Das and Borborooah branch secretary Sonu Oraon. The ACMS branch was represented by Sanjib Koiree.

In another incident, the local district unit of ATTSA today burnt an effigy of Lahoal MLA Rituparna Baruah at Chowkidinghee in protest against alleged mistreatment of ATTSA leaders by the supporters of the MLA at the Circuit House here yesterday.

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TE workers demand land rights, wages

DIBRUGARH, June 19 - Irked by the management of Kabir tea estate over lodging of a police complaint against some of its workers for allegedly cultivating in the unutilized plots of the garden and for other issues, several hundred workers led by Assam Tea Tribes Students� Association (ATTSA) and Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) today staged a demonstration in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here, demanding withdrawal of the cases.

The protesters demanded that the workers be allowed to cultivate in the unused plots. They demanded rights over the unutilized plots of the garden. In a memorandum submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, the protesters demanded of the district administration to ensure that different plantations under Khanikar stopped selling off garden land, timely deposited provident fund of the workers and paid the wages to its workers and sub staff without fail, among others.

The protesters staged a six-kilometre-long protest march from Khanikar to the office of the Deputy Commissioner here. The ATTSA leaders included Cultural Secretary Basanta Kurmi, Assistant Secretary Ranjit Thakur, District Publicity Secretary Lakhindra Kurmi, Vice President Ajoy Das and Borborooah branch secretary Sonu Oraon. The ACMS branch was represented by Sanjib Koiree.

In another incident, the local district unit of ATTSA today burnt an effigy of Lahoal MLA Rituparna Baruah at Chowkidinghee in protest against alleged mistreatment of ATTSA leaders by the supporters of the MLA at the Circuit House here yesterday.