Dhamra port limps back to normalcy

Bhadrak: Normalcy is gradually returning to the Dhamra Port Company Ltd (DPCL) after labourers who had staged a protest over death of fellow labourers in a coal heap collapse withdrew the stir on Tuesday night.

They called off the strike after district administration and company authorities agreed to discuss with them about their issues. Accordingly, a meeting of Labour Association with district administration and company authorities is scheduled to be held in the afternoon today.

The labourers will raise their demand for compensation to the families of the deceased. Security issues will also be discussed in the meeting. Besides, what led the company authorities to engage the workers on Independence Day will also be a key point for discussion in the meeting.

On the other hand, six platoons of police have been deployed on the port premises to avoid any further eventuality.

On Tuesday, tension erupted at DPCL following death of three labourers in coal heap collapse. Three others were also critically injured in the tragic incident.

Irked, locals and fellow labourers torched the gate of the port and allegedly assaulted company CEO Subrat Tripathy. Meanwhile, the port authorities said they will investigate the reason of mishap.