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Nepal Maoists force shutdown of ITC garments factory: report

The Maoists cadres in Nepal have forced the indefinite shutdown of a major textile factory, which is a subsidiary of ITC Ltd, India, over security concerns, a news report said on Friday.

world Updated: May 29, 2009 20:42 IST

The Maoists cadres in Nepal have forced the indefinite shutdown of a major textile factory, which is a subsidiary of ITC Ltd, India, over security concerns, a news report said on Friday.

Surya Nepal Garments, the largest garment factory in the country based in the southern industrial town of Biratnagar, was shutdown yesterday following a dispute between the company management and its workers.

The management said the factory was shut as the workers affiliated to UCPN-Maoist had beaten up an employee, Bedraj Bhandari, accusing him of sacking Kagi Bahadur Myangbo, a worker of the factory, The Himalayan Times newspaper reported.

Ravi KC, senior executive director of the company, said the factory was shut as the management could not guarantee the security of the employees.

"We dismissed Kagi as his performance was unsatisfactory during his probation period," Ravi KC was quoted as saying by the Nepali daily.

Surya Nepal Private Limited (SNPL) is an Indo-Nepal-UK joint venture, which started operations in Nepal in 1986. SNPL, a subsidiary of ITC Ltd, India, is the largest private sector enterprise in the country.