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Fire in Ambotia
Fire has gutted down the historic Ambotia T.E factory, which was built in 1920. The factory had been modernized and was brought up to the international standard in 2012.
Sadly over 90,000 Kgs of picked leaf and over 9000 kgs of prepared tea has also been burnt down.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire and till now, they have been unable to ascertain if the fire was due to short-circuit or if it was a deliberate case of arson.
Even though two fire trucks arrived from Kurseong, one of the fire trucks could not even function properly. This is not the first time that fire services in the hills have been caught napping.
A week back, Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) had clamped section 144 of the CrPc in the Ambootia Tea Estate on August 12 for 60 days following tension over a land dispute. Cinchona Plantation and the Ambootia tea estate have been staking claim to the 155 acres of land.
There was tension between workers of the Ambootia tea plantation and the Cinchona plantation nearby while planting trees on a disputed plot of land in the tea garden area.
About week ago, the director of the Cinchona Plantation had complained to the ADM, Darjeeling, that some workers of the Cinchona Plantation were threatened by workers of the tea estate over the land.