Affrontements à Haldia হলদিয়া en Inde (West Bengal) – mars 2010
CITU-Trinamool clash, two injured
Tamluk (WB), Mar 29 (PTI) Two persons were today injured in a clash between activists of the CITU and trade union wing of the Trinamool Congress when processions of the two parties met in front of the Tata Chemicals plant in Haldia.
East Midnapore district Superintendent of Police Ashok Biswas said bombs and bullets were used in the clash in front of the plant where production has been stalled for nearly a month following a CITU strike.
While CITU called the strike demanding regularising of contractual workers, Trinamool trade union was also on an agitation demanding that workers be hired from its fold and restoring of normalcy in the Tata Chemicals plant.
Interestingly, the Tata Motors had blamed the agitation of the Trinamool Congress while abandoning its Nano car project in West Bengal’s Singur and leaving for Sanand in Gujarat in 2008.
Haldia clashes will affect investment, fears Buddhadeb
West Bengal chief minister Budhhadeb Bhattacharjee Thursday voiced ‘grave concern’ over clashes between rival trade unions in the industrial town of Haldia in East Midnapore district, and said these would impact investment in the state.
‘It is of grave concern that such unfortunate incidents are taking place due to confrontation between rival trade unions in the Haldia industrial area. If this continues, I think this will lead to problems in domestic and foreign investment to the state,’ Bhattacharjee said in the Assembly.
Tension has been prevailing at the Tata Chemicals plant in Haldia since last month after labourers under the banner of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), the trade union wing of the Communist Party of India-Marxist, demanded a hike in wages which the company did not accede to.
The labour unrest soon engulfed several other units in the area after Trinamool Congress’s trade union wing, Indian National Trinamool Trade Union Congress, jumped into the fray on the same issue.
The chief minister appealed to the rival trade unions and the Tata Chemicals management to initiate a dialogue and resolve the issue.
‘Both sides should come to a consensus. We will send messages to both sides to resolve the issue peacefully,’ Bhattacharjee said.
Tata Chemicals has said the continuing strike by contract labourers has put into question the viability of its plant.
Police have registered five cases of violent clashes and arrested eight persons, he said.
Trinamool-CITU clash leaves one injured in Haldia
Mar 30, 2010
A clash between members of the CITU and Trinamool’s trade union in Haldia left one Trinamool activist injured on Monday. Zakarian Mahajan received a bullet injury and was taken to Kolkata later. Additional SP, Haldia, Niladri Chakraborty said the clash took place outside the Tata Chemical factory. The CITU had called for a strike in Tata Chemical factory on Monday — a move the Trinamool trade union had opposed. CITU activists attacked the Trinamool camp, following which both sides hurled bombs at each other, said the police.
Forces seize syringes from Maoist den
The joint forces today claimed to have recovered a heap of ampules and syringes from Talpukuria near Belpahari and Lakkhanpur forest area. “We had information that Kishenji took shelter at Talpukuria after the gunbattle on March 23,” said Vijay Raman, Special, DG, CRPF. Meanwhile, PCAPA convener Asit Mahato said: “On Monday, they killed a 60-year-old PCAPA activist near Lalgarh,” he said.
Haldia (Bengali: হলদিয়া) is a city and a municipality in Purba Medinipur in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is a major seaport located approximately 50 kilometres southwest of Calcutta near the mouth of the Hooghly River, one of the distributaries of the Ganges. The population in 2001 was 170,695.