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LIC employees take to streets against Assam police

Jorhat (Assam), May 19 (ANI):  Hundreds of employees of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) and their sympathisers took out huge protest march through the streets of Jorhat in Assam on Monday.

They were staging a protest against the Assam police who were accused of being high hard on employees of LIC.

Reportedly, the trouble began on May 13 when an employee of LIC met with an accident and died on the spot.

Soon, an irate mob converged at the site of accident and set ablaze the truck that had claimed the life of the LIC staff.

The wrath of the public was also directed against the police on the contention that in the absence of proper traffic monitoring and control, there was reckless driving by truck drivers on most of the busy roads, leading to frequent accidents.

After this incident, certain police personnel stormed the LIC office and baton charged the employees including women.

About 25 employees were seriously injured including loss of eyesight due to police brutality.

Consequently, employees from all the divisions of LIC staged demonstration demanding appropriate action against the police authorities.

“We want action to be taken against the policemen who baton charged LIC workers and that’s why we have taken out this protest march. And we demand the matter too be treated seriously,” said Probita Chandra Dutta, LIC employee.

Thousands of government as well private companies’ employees from Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh also joined the protest march.

They lamented that the employee were treated very badly.

“Everything was damaged by police. There treated the LIC workers as terrorist persons,” said Pramod Mahanta, a protestor.

About 4000 workers are employed by LIC in various states of the North East and it has around 11divisional offices. (ANI)

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