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Tata Motors convoy drivers stage ‘shirtless’ protest near DC office

Jamshedpur, Feb. 9: Tata Motors convoy drivers, who have been protesting for minimum wage in front of the East Singhbhum deputy commissioner’s office here, held a shirtless protest on Tuesday and also took out a rally in the main road before the DC office. The protestors were supported by Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM).

The party said that 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 the issue.

Senior party leader Babar Khan said, Tata Motors has retracted from the written agreement with the convoy drivers.

“On January 6, 2014 Captain P J Singh, general manager, Tata Motors, had assured that maximum number of vehicles will be given to Cummins yard so that the listed drivers can be booked and chassis dispatch work can run smoothly, but the company is now working in a completely opposite manner,” said Khan.

He alleged that without booking the chassis is being sent to south gate by trailers and from there out. Khan accused S K Mishra, divisional manager of dispatch department, of playing politics. He threatened of continuing the protest if the matter is not solved soon.

It may be noted that the convoy drivers had planned to gherao the Chief Minister’s residence in Agrico area in the steel city on Sunday, but the Sakchi police thwarted their move. The police arrested the protestors and took them to the police station.

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