Zomato employees in Kolkata burn company T-shirts to protest Ladakh standoff

A group of Zomato food delivery platform employees in Kolkata burnt their official T-shirts on Saturday in protest against the killing of 20 Indian soldiers by the Chinese military in Ladakh last week.

During the protest in Behala, some of them claimed that they had quit their jobs as Zomato made a large Chinese investment and urged people to stop ordering food through the company.

In 2018, Ant Financial, which is part of Chinese major Alibaba, invested USD 210 million in Zomato for a 14.7 percent stake. The head of food distribution recently raised an additional $ 150 million from Ant Financial.

“Chinese companies are making a profit from here and are attacking our country’s military. They are trying to grab our land. This cannot be allowed, ”one of the protesters said.

Another protestor said that he was ready to starve but would not work in companies investing from China.

In May, Zomato set 520 employees or 13 percent of the workforce in a vast retired practice due to the novel coronovirus epidemic.

There was no immediate response from Zomato and whether the protesters were among those who retreated was not known.

On June 15, twenty Indian Army personnel, including a colonel, were killed in a fierce skirmish with Chinese troops in the Galvan Valley of eastern Ladakh.

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