‘The Petitioners May Hold Their Demonstration At Sahid Minar For 12 Days.’ : Calcutta HC

The bench of Justice Rajashekhar Mantha of the Calcutta High Court in the case of Paschim Banga Khet Mazdoor Samity v. The State of West Bengal (WPA 11363 of 2023) allowed MGNREGA workers to hold a sit-in demonstration for twelve days at Sahid Minar Grounds in Kolkata over non-payment of their wages and non-commissioning of their work.

Facts of the Case:

The petitioners wanted to hold a sit-in demonstration for twelve days at Haque Road at the crossing of Aminia Hotel next to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation Building. The petitioners expected about 100 people to participate.

Order Review:

This Court is of the view that the petitioners may hold their demonstration at Sahid Minar Grounds from 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. on a day for 12 days. There shall be no more than fifteen persons staying overnight. There shall be no cooking and littering and the demonstration shall be conducted in a peaceful and hygienic way. Only available public toilets shall be used by the petitioners and the demonstration shall be wound up strictly within twelve days. Each and every condition that shall be imposed by the police shall strictly be complied with by the petitioners.” The Court also said that the demonstration would be subject to the permission of the Army, who is the owner of the property in question and in the event of any violation of any of the conditions of the police or the conditions as indicated hereinabove, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Kolkata Police shall be authorized to evict the petitioners from the said land. With the aforesaid directions, the writ petition was disposed of.

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