Durgapur SDJM yesterday granted bail to all the 21 INTTUC members who had been arrested on February 26. The arrest was the fallout of clashes between supporters of two INTTUC factions at Durgapur Projects Limited (DPL).
The brawl between the supporters of the two INTTUC factions over the issue of recruitment of contractual worker at DPL left three policemen, two company staff and three outsiders injured. Two police vehicles and one company security vehicle of DPL were also damaged during the hullabaloo.
In a bid to control the recruitment of contract labourers at DPL, supporters of the two rival factions armed with rods and batons, clashed inside the plant near an electrical substation at around 2.30 pm on Wednesday.
Police had arrested 21 DPL INTTUC members from both the factions, including the faction leaders Mr Debdas Majumdar and Mr Jayanta Banerjee. They were booked on charges of rioting, wrongful restraining, causing voluntary and grave hurt, mischief, damage to property and criminal intimidation under Sections 147, 149, 341, 323, 325, 427 and 506 of the IPC.
The DPL authority, meanwhile, has started inquiring how outsiders entered the plant and caused the commotion.
The DPL INTTUC general secretary, Mr Umapada Das, today forwarded a communication to state power minister Mr Manish Gupta, demanding his intervention to help prevent such incidents at DPL in the future.
He said: “The DPL staff members are frightened that outsiders are creating nuisance in the plant and the plant’s internal security system has collapsed.”
Mr Banerjee complained that outsiders had intruded into the plant and attacked permanent workers.
Meanwhile, Mr Debdas Majumdar said: “Contract labourers are engaged in the plant from outside and this has been a custom. It was a section of Mr Banerjee’s men who caused the chaos. A proper inquiry should be made into the incident.”
Several permanent workers on condition of anonymity expressed concern over the deteriorating law and order situation inside the working premises.