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HM shuns meet

May 27: The Hindustan Motors management today did not turn up for a tripartite meeting involving labour unions over the suspension of production at its Uttarpara plant and sought a “hearing at a bipartite meeting” first.

In a letter to the deputy labour commissioner, Hindustan Motors requested a meeting between the management and the government.

Deputy labour commissioner Amal Majumdar met representatives of unions at his office in Serampore and heard their demands, one of which is restarting production that was suspended on Saturday.

Labour minister Purnendu Bose said he would meet the management at his Calcutta office on May 29.

Coal haul

Police last evening seized 200 tonnes of smuggled coal by raiding two unauthorised coal depots in Burdwan allegedly owned by a businessman who had been arrested on pilfering charges and is out on bail.

Raju Jha, who had of late been concentrating on his hotel, shopping mall, steel and construction businesses after obtaining bail, is absconding.