Odisha Human Rights Lawyer visits Bogidhola Tea Estate

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HT Correspondent
Golaghat, Jan 19: Rutuparna Mohanty a Human Rights Lawyer at Odisha High Court and International Woman Peace Maker visited Bogidhola Tea Estate in Golaghat on Thursday and reviewed the condition of the victims and their families who were victimised in the firing incident on protesting labourers by the owners of that tea garden on December 13 last year.
Rutuparna Mohanty attended a meeting organised by the Joint Action Commitee for Tea Tribes Adivasi of Assam. The Human Rights and Child and Women Welfare activist and a close aide of Swami Agnivesh condemned the Bogidhola incident as stated it to be a great violation of human rights.
Addressing the media in Golaghat she told that the victims and their families are living a life of starvation as still lock out is prevailed in the tea garden. She criticised the state government for not taking any fruitful measures regarding the incident. She questioned why the government provided financial help with tax payer’s money to the victims of a crime committed by proprietors of a private tea garden. That money should be recovered from the garden owners. The state government should give them work under MGNREGA Scheme for earning their bread as the garden is locked out. Also she raised questions on implementation of Plantation Act of British Regime in tea gardens of Assam and why minimum wages are not provided as per the Labour Act. She also stated that if the Bogidhola incident matter will not sorted out immediately she along with Swami Agnivesh will move to the Supreme Court of India. In the press meeting Chief Convenor of JACTTAA Israil Nanda and convenor Satyadev Sahu were present.

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