Lanjigarh, March 18 (LocalWire): Two people were killed and 50 others were injured when police baton-charged protesting job seekers outside the Vedanta refinery here on Friday.
The deceased were identified as Dani Batra (45), a villager from Chatarapur, and Sujit Kumar Minj (32), a company worker.
Around 500 tribals were on an indefinite strike outside the refinery’s main gate, when personnel of the Odisha Industrial Security Force opened baton-charge on them to remove the blockade.
Protestors were demanding jobs and free education for their children in company-managed schools at Lanjigarh.
“Vedanta had acquired 3,000 acres of land from different villages on the promise of giving jobs to locals. They are refusing it now,” said Basant Batra, a protestor from Rangopali.
He also claimed that the company had promised free education to their children while acquiring land from them, but they continue to “deny admission to our kids in company-run schools”.
The protestors also alleged that the company gives jobs on priority to people from outside the state, while local qualified youth were deprived of employment.
Meanwhile, the administration has issued prohibitory orders in Lanjigarh and neighboring areas after the incident, and beefed up security.