Kolkata: As part of their countrywide `Jail
Bharo` stir, a large number of central trade union activists
courted arrest here on Tuesday while protesting against price rise
and the Centre`s alleged anti-worker policies.
According to police, a total of 2136 members of different
central trade unions and federations courted arrest while
holding protests against price rise, pension issue, contract
system, retrenchment and several other "anti-worker" policies
implemented by the Centre.
Those who courted arrest included, among others, CITU
state President Shyamal Chakraborty, CPI(M) leaders Amitava
Nandi, Rupchand Paul and Kanti Ganguly, CPI leader Ranjit Guha
and Forward Bloc leader Saral Deb, police said.
The arrested were later released on personal bonds.
The trade unions which participated in the programme
included CITU, AITUC, UTUC, TUCC, BMS, HMS and INTUC.
The rally was part of the countrywide agitation called by
11 trade unions today for implementation of the declaration
adopted at the national convention of the workers on September