Kalahandi: 18/3/19:Tension prevailed at Vedanta Alumina refinery plant site at Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district on Monday following the death of two protesters.
Sources said labourers there had staged a protest on Monday to demand permanent jobs to locals at the plant. Security guards at the plant asked them to withdraw the stir, following which a heated argument ensued.
A scuffle followed when protesters tried to force their way into the plant. Over 30 protesters were injured after security guards resorted to lathicharge. They had to be sent to a hospital at Lanjigarh for primary treatment.
Two among them succumbed to injuries at the hospital. One of them was identified as Dani Patra, a labourer at the plant.
Anticipating further trouble, the district administration has clamped prohibitory order under Section 144 in front of the factory’s main gate. Besides, police have also been deployed in sensitive areas of Lanjigarh town
The company, in a statement, has claimed that only one person had died in the incident.