Armed goons attacked at IFB Agro Distillery in West Bengal
Group of more than 150 “armed goons” forcibly entered its distillery at Noorpur, where they beat up the security guards and practically held other employees on duty as hostage. According to the company, the “unidentified hooligans” damaged the CCTV cameras, computers, medical room and other facilities in the factory.
The company claims that its distillery was asked to shut down and the employees were forced to vacate the factory at gunpoint by the attackers. “Necessary complaint was made to the local police station, but they seemed helpless. The distillery has been closed then. We have sought help from the chief minister of West Bengal and also from finance, commerce and industry minister of the state of West Bengal,” the company said.
This came at a time when the company was preparing for normalization after opening up its second distillery in Dankuni— which was shut due to the prolonged shutdown caused by the coronavirus and then Cyclone Amphan. The company had reopened its plant at Noorpur in South 24 Parganas on June 16, and due to the fear of the virus, the company was also working with only 50% workforce at Country Spirit bottling units .