The workers were arrested on Tuesday night for alleged ly vandalising the

The workers were arrested on tuesday night for

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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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