The ex-employees of Hukumchand Mill, who have been struggling to get their pending dues for the last two decades, plan to stage a demonstration during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Indore on October 9. Modi will be coming to attend the inaugural session of Global Investors’ Summit.
Vice-president of mills employees association, Harnam Singh Dhaliwal said that state government has gone back on its promise to not intervene in the auction of 42.49 acres of the mill land by the Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT), Mumbai.
"We want to protest the state government’s move to again stake claim on the mill land by moving an application before the double bench of high court. Due to this action by the government, no buyer will come forward to buy the disputed property."
A section of the former employees will assemble on the mill premises on the morning of October 9 and then take out a rally to Brilliant Convention Centre, the venue of the investors’ summit.
"More than 500 workers will take part in the demonstration. We know that the administration will not allow us to reach the venue, and we will court arrest if necessary," he said.
Earlier, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) also staked claim on the land of the defunct Hukumchand Mill and had filed an application in this connection before the DRT, Mumbai.
At present, DRT is in possession of the land and has already announced dates for e-auction of the Hukumchand mill land. The mill land has been valued at Rs 343 crore but the base price has been fixed at Rs 400 crore.
A lawyer associated with the case said even if the DRT recognises the fact that the land belongs to the IMC, as has been recognised by the Indore bench of the high court in March 2014, it won’t affect the auction process. "The IMC will merely get the lease holder’s right to the land," the advocate said.