Orissa: Steel plant DGM`s car set ablaze, dies of burns

R S Roy, deputy general manager (Operations) of Graphite India Ltd-Powmex steel division succumbed to burn injuries, as some suspended workers set his car on fire.

Bolangir: A senior official of a
private steel plant died after his vehicle was set afire by
some persons outside the factory at Titlagarh, about 75 km
from here on Thursday, police said.

R S Roy, deputy general manager (Operations) of
Graphite India Ltd-Powmex steel division was coming out of the
plant in a jeep along with two others during lunch break when
the incident took place, SP Ajaya Kumar Sadangi said.

Some of the suspended workers, who were staging a
dharna outside the plant for the past several months, stopped
the car and asked the driver and others to disembark, he said.

As the driver and two others got down, some persons
suddenly set fire to the vehicle with Roy sitting inside the
car, Sadangi said, adding the DGM sustained severe burns and
was immediately taken to Titilagarh sub-divisional hospital.

He was then shifted to Ispat General Hospital (IGH) at
Rourkela when he passed away in Bolangir town, Sadangi said.

The agitating labourers received information that the
factory authorities were planning to terminate the services of
some of them, police said.

Though the vehicle was stopped by the agitating
labourers, it was not immediately clear as to who set the
vehicle on fire, they said.

PTI

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