Orind workers call off road blockade

Rourkela: The indefinite road blockade launched by employees of a refractory unit Orind at Lathikata demanding payment of their outstanding wages was lifted today, a day after it began.

About 800 employees and their family members led by George Tirkey, independent MLA of Biramitrapur in Sundargarh district under the banner of `Lathikata Mazdoor Manch` (LMM) have been agitating for last several months demanding payment of wages and other dues from now-defunct Orissa industries.

The road block, which began on NH 23 in front of the factory`s main gate on Saturday, was lifted after an appeal by Sundargarh district administration assuring payment of their outstanding dues. District Collector Rupa Roshan Sahoo promised the protesters that the payment of dues will start from Monday as per the government`s decision.

Tirkey said in view of the assurances given by the DIG, Y K Jethwa they were lifting the road block considering the problem faced by the commuters and vehicular traffic. However, the squatting will continue before the company`s main gate till their demands are met. Some directors and top executives of Odisha`s oldest-refractory unit had earlier been arrested on an FIR lodged by agitating employees at Lathikata police station.