Workers Defy Prohibitory Order, Agitate At Cargil Plant Site

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Paradip: Tension has mounted up at Cargil edible oil plant site in Paradip as 154 retrenched workers of the company defied section-144 CR PC prohibitory order and squatted in front of the plant.

The agitating workers were retrenched last year following the change in ownership of the plant. As workers flanked by their family members squatted right in front of the plant gate, police shied away from taking recourse to coercive action apprehending breach of law and order situation.

Prohibiory orders under section-144 CrPC had been clamped at the plant site. The assembly of people was unlawful. Still we refrained from arresting them as the agitation was entirely peaceful and incident-free, said Additional Superintendent of Police, Bishnu Charan Mishra.

Adequate police deployment has been made at the agitation site. We are keeping close watch on the situation, he added.

Nearly 154 workers who were employed at Cargil limited, an edible oil company, were rendered jobless after the company was shutdown on September 15, 2016. Later it was taken over by Adani-Wilmar private limited. After the change in proprietorship, the maintenance work of the new unit had resumed since last month. However the new ownership did not seek the services of these workers, triggering labour dispute, said agitating workers.

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