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INTUC demands tripartite meeting to solve HBT problem

Posted on Nov 09, 09:41PM | UNI

Activists of the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) today held a protest rally here protesting the West Bengal Government's "wrong" industrial policy and demanded a tripartite meeting to solve the problem involving Haldia Bulk Terminals (HBT), a cargo handling firm that pulled out of the state.

Jointly promoted by ABG group of India and French logistics company LDA, HBT announced on October 31 that it would wind up its operations at the Haldia port because of law and order problem.

Operations of HBT, which used to handle cargo with mechanised cranes in two berths at the Haldia Dock Complex, had been stopped since mid-September.

"We demand that the state Government calls a tripartite meeting to find out a solution," West Bengal Pradesh Congress president Pradip Bhattacharjee said.

Referring to the violence at Dubrajpur in Birbhum district, Mr Bhattacharjee demanded an enquiry by the the Central Bureau of Investigation.

"Dubrjapur incident was the creation of the local police and the SP himself was involved in the incident. That is why I demand a CBI investigation. It will unravel what happened there,' he said.

Several policemen and villagers were injured in a clash in the Dubrajpur incident as the locals were protesting against illegal land acquisition by a private coal mining company.

The villagers alleged that police had opened fire, which the administration, however, denied.