Bhubaneswar: Tension still prevailed at the plant site of Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) at Angul on Friday even as the Chief Secretary asked the district collector to inquire about the company following the rehabilitation and employment guidelines set by the state Government.
Protesting attack on villagers of JSPL by the company security guards on Tuesday, lawyers and activists of political parties on Friday blocked National Highway-55 for hours. Hundreds of vehicles were stranded on either side of the National Highway for hours.
It is noteworthy to mention that a violent clash had taken place between the security guards of JSPL and the villagers at Nisha, there by bringing the construction work to a halt. As many as 160 persons were injured in this incident. Of the 50 villagers injured in the incident, seven who were serious were admitted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack while about two dozen villagers were admitted at the district headquarters hospital in Angul. Four injured security guards had been admitted at a hospital in Nalco Nagar.
The villagers alleged that the company defied the Government’s direction and gave employment to outsiders ignoring interest of the local people who gave away their land for the industry.
Expressing regret over the incident, Rajesh Jha, Executive Director, appealed to the villagers to come to a discussion and solve the issue.
The villagers on the other hand held a meeting at Badakerajanga on Friday and decided to continue with the stir, sources said.