At least 15 persons, including two policemen, were injured in a clash between two trade unions at Paradip on Wednesday. The injured cops are ASI Ajay Swain and a constable.
Sources said the clash took place between workers of two trade unions who were engaged in supplying concrete materials from 10 batching plants in Paradip to different companies, including IOCL refinery project.
While one of the unions was Erasama-Paradip Industrial Development Council owned by Bapi Sarkhel, another was Eastern Odisha Industrial Development Council, which belonged to Golekh Nayak. On Wednesday, supporters of Nayak demanded that his workers be engaged at some of the batching plants. This was opposed by workers of the rival union.
This, in turn, led to the clash in which workers of both the unions were injured. Two cops, who tried to intervene, were also injured. Two platoons of force have been deployed in the area to avoid any untoward incident.