Tension grips MCL mine in Talcher following death of on-duty security guard

Angul: Tension prevailed at Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) Balaram coal mines in Talcher as labourers and security staff staged a dharna demanding ex-gratia and job for one of the family members of a security guard who was killed in an accident. The deceased, Kailash Maharana was a resident of Kalamchuin village and was working as a security guard at Balaram mines.

According to sources, Kailash was killed after being hit by a heavy vehicle on the premises of the mine late Monday night. After learning about the death of Kailash, his colleagues and other labourer groups of the mine resorted to a demonstration today morning. The security staffs have also detained the in-charge of the security agency of the coal mine.

Apart from demanding adequate compensation for family members of Kailash, the protesters have also demanded job for one of his family members in the coal mine.

Due to the dharna, coal mining activities has come to a standstill at the mine. Police have reached the mining site and are trying to restore normalcy by pacifying the irate employees.

No comments could be obtained from the authorities of the mine in connection with the incident.