Hundreds of CTM workers block NH, protest against management

Chenab Textile Mills workers protesting at Kathua on Wednesday. -Excelsior/Pardeep
Chenab Textile Mills workers protesting at Kathua on Wednesday. -Excelsior/Pardeep

Excelsior Correspondent
KATHUA, Nov 20: Hundreds of the workers of Chenab Textile Mills (CTM) blocked the National Highway and then Railway road against the highhandedness of CTM Senior Manager, IR Manan Singh who has attacked three laborers of the mill yesterday and inflicted injuries on them. The protestors demanded his immediate sacking.
The protesting CTM workers suspended the production works for six hours and marched to National Highway in front of mill after the senior Manager allegedly thrashed three workers yesterday and inflicted injuries on them.
The workers in fit of anger against the inhuman behavior of the Senior Manager raised the slogans against him and demanded stern action against him.
The situation turned ugly when the Senior Manager, IR Manan Singh mercilessly beat up three workers of the mill identified as Vishnu, Pawan Kumar and Satish Kumar yesterday in Labor Colony of CTM Kathua. Trio were shifted to AMC Hospital, Kathua for treatment as they received severe injuries.
The workers also filed a complaint in Police Post, Hatli Morh and with CTM Management against the Senior Manager, Manan Singh . When no action was taken by Police and Management, the workers turned aggressive and blocked the Highway this morning. Firstly they blocked National Highway for one hour and then the railway road till evening.
The police personnel reached the spot and tried to pacify the aggressive workers but in vain.
Later seeing situation has taken an ugly turn after the suspension of mill work for more than six hours, a senior Officer of CTM reached the spot for compromise with workers. He promised to fulfill the demands of agitating workers.
CTM Executive president Operation, KK Kamila issued a letter of suspension to Sr Manager Labor Manan Singh till the further orders. After issuance of the suspension letter, the agitating workers withdrew the protest and restored the mill production.