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2 more arrested for lynching of jute mill CEO in Bengal

Chinsurah(WB), Jun 16(PTI): Six workers of North Brook Jute Mill have been arrested in connection with the lynching of its CEO on the mill premises at Bhadreswar in Hooghly district, police said.

Four persons were arrested on Sunday, while two others were picked up on Monday, Superintendent of Police Sunil Chowdhury said.

Agitated factory workers hit H.K. Maheswari (60) with brickbats and sticks when he was trying to explain the management’s position that the workers would have fewer working hours since products were piling up unsold. He died later.

Describing the incident as “very unfortunate”, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had accused the CPI(M) and Bharatiya Janata Party of being behind the incident. Both the parties, however, denied the charge.

On Sunday night, the jute mill management pasted suspension of work notice on the gate of mill, citing labour unrest.

The SP said 12 persons were named in the FIR lodged by the company, and six of them --Md Azharuddin, Bikash Tanti, Swapan Singh, Mukunda Gupta, Md Aslam and Rabindra Chowdbe have been arrested.

More arrests would be made as the FIR also mentioned 200 unnamed people who were responsible for the killing, he said.

Maheswari's last rites would be held on Tuesday after his son's return from Chicago, police sources said adding the body was kept at the morgue of the Serampore Walsh Hospital after post-mortem.

Maheswari's widow Sunita Devi on Monday sought justice for her slain husband. “It was unbelievable that a man like Maheswari who was popular among the workers and who stayed inside the factory premises was lynched by the workers,” she said.