Two INTTUC factions at Durgapur Project Limited (DPL) clashed yesterday (February 26) over the issue of contract labourer’s absorption. The brawl between the supporters of the two INTTUC factions left three policemen, two company staff and three outsiders injured. Two police vehicles and one company security vehicle of DPL were damaged during the commotion.
The two INTTUC factions at DPL are at loggerhead for quite some time and reports of occasional clashes between the supporters of these two factions of the Trinamool labour unions were quite common. But what happened yesterday surpassed all earlier incidents of infighting within INTTUC.
Tension between the INTTUC factions, headed by Mr Debdas Majumdar and Mr Jayanta Banerjee, was intensifying, especially after the superannuation of Mr Majumdar from the services on 31 January. Mr Majumdar is the general secretary of the INTTUC’s union at DPL whom Mr Banerjee has been trying to replace. When the DPL granted extension for the first time in its history to Mr Majumdar and he continued to enjoy the status of the organisation’s general secretary things started becoming ugly.
One may recall that Mr Debdas Majumdar, general secretary of the INTTUC’s union at DPL was earlier accused of threatening Mr Dibyendu Banerjee, GS of INTUC – the labour wing of Congress. To read this earlier news click HERE.
Mr Debdas Majumdar was also accused of assaulting, threatening a doctor of the Mission Hospital – the private super-specialty hospital of Durgapur. To read this news click HERE.
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 yesterday.
The security staff, failing to handle the chaos, pressed panic button and the matter was immediately reported to the CP, Asansol Durgapur Police Commissionerate, Mr Vineet Goel. Mr Goel assigned ADCP (East), Mr Sunil Yadav and ACP (East), Mr Pankaj Dwevedi to tackle the situation.
The police officials with Durgapur’s Coke Oven PS, meanwhile, had faced the labourer’s wrath. One sub-inspector, Shyamapada Banerjee, sustained head injuries together with two constables when the labourers pelted bricks at them.
The clash also left Mainak Majumdar – son of Debdas Majumdar and one of his aides injured seriously. Mainak was absorbed as a contract worker thanks to his father’s influence, his rivals alleged.
The police booked 21 persons, including the heads of the two groups. ADCP, Mr Yadav said: “We have booked 21 persons on charges of creating nuisance, commotion and causing hurt to some on -duty policemen.”
Mr N K Biswas, Chief Security Adviser, DPL said that the company also has initiated a probe into this. He added: “We are more curious to note that hefty number of outsiders had intruded into the plant and were responsible for today’s chaos.”
Meanwhile Mr. Prabhat Chatterjee INTTUC district president didn’t hide his anguish over the matter and warned of stern action against those involved in the clash.