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JUTE INDUSTRY-Saviour from Dundee

No one was named and hence no one was prosecuted. The story of the life and death of Masha Allah, a rickshaw puller by profession and a petty criminal who later became a regular sarkari gawah, giving evidence in favour of the police in routine cases, is telling. During the May 1987 riots Masha's relations with the police changed. He appears to have given evidence against the police in the enquiry over the riots. Late last year he was arrested in a theft case. Three days later, he died as a result of torture in police custody, JUTE INDUSTRY Saviour from Dundee WHILE the West Bengal Left Front partners are engaged in acrimonious debates over the efficacy of 'rasta and rail roko' actions for getting the large number of the closed jute mills in the state reopened, the problem seems to be approaching its solution in an unexpected and novel way- through a second coming of Scottish entrepreneurs from Dundee. According to reports, the Reserve Bank of India has conditionally cleared a Dundee businessman's application for the acquisition of the entire Indian-held stocks of the Titaghar Jute Factory, which directly owns three jute mills and has a very large stake in a fourth one. These mills, originally set up by a Dundee Scotsman over a century ago had passed into the hands of the G L Mehta family in the post-independence days. It was under the tender care of the latter that these mills accumulated a total liability of over Rs 100.crore, leading to the closing down of two of them, while the remaining two are just gasping for breath. The workers of the closed mills have not only lost their jobs, but also their PF deposits which were not maintained according to law.

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