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Tata Motors convoy drivers launch ‘leto aandolan’; court arrest

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Jamshedpur, Feb. 15: Tata Motors convoy drivers, who have been protesting for minimum wage in front of the East Singhbhum deputy commissioner’s office here, launched ‘leto aandolan’ on Monday and also took out a rally in the main road before the DC office.

On the 35st day of their protest on Monday, convoy drivers launched ‘leto aandolan,’ headed by JMM leader Babar Khan, Suman Mahato and Gyan Sagar.

Soon after the administration got the report of the agitation, Dhalbhum SDO Suraj Kumar, City SP Chandan Jha and a large number of police personnel swung into action and took all the protestors to Sakchi police station.

The protestors, who have put up a shamiyana before the DC office, started to gather at the venue around 10 a.m. and launched the ‘leto aandolan’ at around 11 in the morning. They entered the DC office premises and were seen lying down in the premises which made it difficult for the commuters and people visiting the DC office.

The police arrested them and took them to Sakchi police station and were present in PS till the time of writing this news late on Monday evening.

The police later removed the banners, posters and shamiyana put up by convoy drivers and JMM leaders.
Earlier, the convoy drivers launched ‘chipko aandolan’ on February 11. They also tried to gherao Chief Minister Raghubar Das’s house at Sitaramders. However, their move was foiled by the police on February 7.

The convoy drivers of Tata Motors have been protesting for minimum wages before the East Singhbhum deputy commissioner’s office since the last 35 days.

According to sources, several petitions were sent to the SDO office in the past by Telco Convoy Drivers’ Association for a tri-partite talk to resolve the matter, but nothing fruitful emerged out of it.

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