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Steel firm official burnt alive by workers

Staff Reporter

BHUBANESWAR: A top official of a small-scale steel plant was burnt alive by agitating workers at Titlagarh, about 450 km from here, on Thursday.

The incident is said to be an outcome of brewing resentment over the dismissal of some workers from the plant.

Police said that about 30 workers blocked the vehicle of A.K. Ray, Deputy General Manager (Operation) of Powmex Steel, near the plant while he was on his way for home for lunch.

Some workers poured petrol and kerosene into the vehicle and set it afire.

Some locals rushed to rescue Mr. Ray who was inside the vehicle. But by then he suffered critical burn injuries. He was administered first aid and referred to the Indira Gandhi Hospital, Rourkela. Mr. Ray died on way to the hospital.

According to Bolangir Chief District Medical Officer Usharani Das, Mr. Ray suffered 90 per cent burns.

The Bolangir police have launched a manhunt to nab the culprits. Sources said the company had been facing worker unrest for the past 18 months. On Thursday, dismissal letters were reportedly given to a few workers.

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