Labourers on Wednesday torched staff quarters, trade union offices and godowns after authorities of Delta Jute Mill at Manikpur in Howrah district announced suspension of work, police said here.

A notice in this regard was pasted on the mill’s gate.

When workers saw it in the morning they got agitated and forcefully entered the mill premises.

They set afire jute godowns, vandalised several residential quarters and four trade union offices of various party affiliation, officials said.

An ambulance was toppled and a motorbike was also torched by the labourers.

It took three fire tenders to douse the flames.

The situation was brought under control by the police and RAF contingent, they said.

The labourers and the mill management were engaged in a tussle over some payment issue for quite sometime, they said.

The management could not be contacted.