'Ready to starve': Zomato employees burn company T-shirts amid calls to boycott Chinese products after Ladakh standoff
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Raging against the violent clash between the Indian and Chinese soldiers in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan valley which resulted in the martyrdom of 20 Indian soldiers, a group of Zomato employees tore and burnt their official T-shirts on Saturday amid the growing calls to boycott Chinese products.
Food delivery platform Zomato’s employees in Kolkata’s Behala angrily urged people to stop ordering food via Zomato. Some of them also revealed to have quit their job at the company as Zomato holds a sizeable Chinese investment.
According to the reports, Ant Financial, part of Chinese major Alibaba, had invested a 14.7 percent stake, worth 210 million dollars in Zomato. The online food delivery major recently received an additional USD 150 million from Ant Financial.
"Chinese companies are making profit from here and attacking the Army of our country. They are trying to grab our land. This cannot be allowed," one of the protesters said, as reported by PTI.
During the boycott, one of the protestors also claimed they were ready to starve but would not work in companies having investment from China.
Earlier in May, during the ongoing pandemic, Zomato slashed its team size by 13 percent, laying off 520 employees in a huge retrenchment exercise. It also implemented a temporary pay cut of up to 50 percent for the rest of its staff.
However, no immediate reaction from Zomato over whether the protesters were among those who were retrenched was reported.
At least Twenty Indian soldiers including an Army colonel were martyred during a fierce clash with the Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on the intervening night of June 15-16.
Posted By: Simran Babbar