The workers were arrested on Tuesday night for alleged- ly vandalising the infrastruc- ture of the ferrochrome plant, attacking fellow work- ers and assaulting police per- sonnel who tried to convince them to end the stir, said pol- ice sources. Sub-Divisional Police Oﬃc- er, Chhatrapur, Utkal Keshari Dash said the workers had staged a demonstration in front of the plant and were preventing other workers from entering the premises. Adequate police arrange- ment has been made in the area to prevent escalation of tension. While four cases have been lodged against the arrested workers, the agita- tors have also filed a case against a few policemen for harassment. Permanent job demand The arrested workers are from villages where land was acquired by Tata Steel for the project. The legal adviser of the arrested workers, Mr. T.K. Reddy, said for the last three years they have been de- manding permanent employ- ment in the company or its subsidiary, as they were pro- mised during displacement. “Till afternoon neither the administration nor the com- pany authorities came over to hold discussion with them [agitating family members]. The protesters have decided to continue the strike till some conclusion is reached,” he added. According to Tata Steel sources, production has stopped at its ferrochrome plant due to "large-scale dam- age to the infrastructure" by agitating workers on June 27. Workers’ arrest triggers protest in Ganjam Tata Steel ferrochrome plant workers allegedly created ruckus, attacked policemen Staff Reporter Berhampur The ruling BJP has registered victory in 9% of 14% seats in panchayat bodies in Tripura that went to polls on July 27. The party had earlier won 86% seats uncontested. The counting of votes in the three-tier panchayat polls was marred by clashes between the Congress and BJP supporters in Kailasha- har, headquarters of Unako- ti district in north Tripura. Security forces resorted to baton charge to disperse the mobs. At least four per- sons suffered minor injuries. In other areas, counting was peaceful amid presence of police and paramilitary troops. The BJP has thanked peo- ple for making it win in 95% seats across gram pan- chayats, panchayat samitis and zila parishads. BJP wins 95% seats in Tripura panchayat polls Syed Sajjad Ali Agartala On its second day of nation- al general council meet in Berhampur on Wednesday, the All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha demanded the go- vernment to ensure that the procurement price of all agricultural produce is one and a half times the total production cost. Leaders of the organisation alleged the present fixation of procure- ment price is too arbitrary. Farmers seek ‘fair price’ Staff Reporter BERHAMPUR
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