Special Correspondent

Kolkata: The strike in jute mills in West Bengal entered the third day on Wednesday. It has been called to press for pay-related demands, especially implementation of settlements arrived at in 2001, say trade union leaders.

All central unions including the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh have responded to the call for the strike, which has affected 2.5 lakh people.

The union affiliated to the Trinamool Congress, however, has not joined the strike. So two jute mills – Meghna and New Central – are operational. Fifty-two others are closed.