In a big relief to ABG-LDA group Haldia Bulk Terminal,the Calcutta High Court on Friday directed the state government to immediately ensure smooth cargo handling at the Haldia dock. On the petition filed by the ABG Shipyard,Justice Dipankar Dutta directed the district administration of East Midnapore to immediately set up police pickets at two berths Number 2 and 8 of the Haldia dock. The cost of police deployment will be,however,borne by the company.
The court allowed trade union to carry on with their agitation but not within 100 meters from the docks main gate. The retrenched workers and others,the court said,will not be allowed to enter the two berths in the dock areas.
During the hearing today,both Superintendent of Police Manish Kumar Jain and District Magistrate Parvez Ahmed Siddiqi were present. As per the courts directive,both submitted their reports on the complaint filed by the private firm as well as Kolkata Port Trust. The firm had asked the district and administrations to set up police camp inside the dock area in the wake of worsening law and order situation due to labour unrest. When Justice Dutta asked the SP why the police camp was not set up in the dock area,he replied that the situation was not so grave. The DM in his reply said that he had forwarded the complaint to the SDO and SP for taking necessary steps.
The Calcutta High Courts direction has been welcomed by the company. Gurpreet Malhi,Chief Executive Officer of ABG-LDA,was,however,firm on their stand that they would not induct 275 workers who were retrenched.
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