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Reliance sacks 400 in Bengal

Reliance Retail has sacked 400 staff in West Bengal after it inability to start retail operations here due to stiff opposition from some political parties and local traders.

india Updated: Oct 01, 2007 03:46 IST

After sacking nearly 900 employes in Uttar Pradesh last week, Reliance Retail, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, has sacked 400 staff in West Bengal after it inability to start retail operations here due to stiff opposition from some political parties and local traders.

A source in Reliance Retail said the company has terminated the services of 400 people and another 300 may be given the pink slip soon. The development in West Bengal comes on the heels of the company facing similar protests from traders and political parties in Orissa and Uttar Pradesh. The company is understood to have put its plans in Uttar Pradesh in the cold storage, and is also believed to be rethinking its strategy in Orissa.

The company had hired about 800 people in West Bengal for staffing Reliance Fresh outlets which were to come up in and around Kolkata. The company felt that due to the strong opposition by some political parties it was not possible to open the stores here.