Kolkata, Sep 12 (UNI) The Calcutta High Court today asked the West Bengal government to file a report on the sick and closed tea gardens in northen districts of the state where hundreds of people had allegedly died of starvation and malnutrition.
The two-judge bench, presided over by Chief Justice S S Nijjar, issued the ruling on a PIL filed by a social activist, Amitava Chakraborty.
Mr Chakraborty alleged that hundreds of employees of the closed and sick tea gardens in the district of Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri were facing penury as the garden owners and the state government had failed to honour the promises to meet their minimum demands.
He said more than 200 people had died over the past five years following the closure of more than two dozen tea gardens in the district.
Many people were on the verge of death, he further alleged.
Mr Chakraborty prayed before the court that a direction be issued to the state government as well as the tea garden owners to open the closed gardens and help rejuvenate the sagging economy of the area.