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Pay protest at designer home

Five hundred-odd craftsmen from Nodakhali in South 24-Parganas staged a demonstration in front of fashion designer Anamika Khanna’s home at Padmapukur on Wednesday to protest alleged non-payment of wages.

The protesters, who arrived in hired buses around noon, alleged the dues had piled up since 2009. They dispersed around 7pm after being paid by Khanna’s staff. The celebrity designer was not available for comment.

“We have been working for Anamika Khanna since 2006. There had been no problem till 2008. It began in 2009,” said Dipankar Roy, one of the demonstrators. “Twenty days ago, she cleared the dues between 2011 and 2014. But a lot of money remains unpaid even from that period and our dues from 2009 to 2010 have not been cleared either. So we had no choice but to agitate.”

The agitators slapped posters on the walls of the designer’s house. Police were deployed in the area.

“It was a civil matter between the fashion designer and the craftsmen. We are here to maintain law and order. The agitators said their dues were not cleared whereas Anamika Khanna said these men forced her to pay. Now that the agitators have received some money, things have been sorted out peacefully,” said Buddhadeb Mukhopadhyay, the officer-in-charge of Ballygunge police station.

No police complaint was lodged.