STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Dhenkanal, 6 December
The district unit of BJP demanded revocation of prohibitory orders in front of Bhusan Steel Ltd (BSL), claiming that it is unjustified and unwarranted.
The BJP leaders, who met at Gudiakateni to discuss the issue today, decided to ask the district administration to revoke the prohibitory orders.
“We are opposed to the clamping of prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC in front of BSL. This is unjustified and infringes upon our right to agitate (against wrongs). The administration should revoke the orders without any delay,” said Mangalpur sarpanch, Mr Bhaktabandhu Behera, who chaired the meeting of the BJP leaders. Former MP Mr Rudra Narayan Pany and district BJP unit president Mr Naresh Mohapatra, among others, attended the meeting. The BJP workers said that they will continue to exert pressure on the administration till the demand was fulfilled.
It may be mentioned here that the administration had clamped prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC in front of the plant on 18 November even as a group of BJP workers were agitating, citing law and order situation. Twenty eight BJP activists including Mr Pany were arrested when they protested the decision.
Meanwhile, the BJP urged upon the district administration to look into the issues of labourers in other industries functioning in Odapada block, saying that it has got obsessive only with BSL following the blast furnace mishap last month. It alleged that safety guidelines and other norms are violated in other industries too.
“We have demanded the administration also to monitor construction works of railway overburdens and expedite works on NH-55,” said a BJP worker.