BHUBANESWAR: Members of Deceased Employees’ Rehabilitation Committee of Energy Department, Odisha on Friday hurled eggs at private residence of Energy Minister Pranab Prakash Das here demanding jobs.
At around 9.30 am, more than 50 protesters marched towards the Minister’s residence at Surya Nagar and raised slogans against the State Government and Das.
A few minutes later, some of them started hurling eggs and tomatoes at Das’s house. In the process, window panes and flower pots on the premises of the Minister’s residence were damaged.
Capital Police rushed to the spot and managed to control the situation. As many as 27 persons were arrested by the police, DCP Satyabrata Bhoi said.
Families of deceased employees have been protesting at Lower PMG in the City from August 16.
Though the protesters sat on hunger strikes from August 24 and September 11 demanding rehabilitation of the distressed families, the Government did not pay any heed.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had directed the Energy Department to provide employment to the families of deceased employees.
“Though the Special Secretary (Energy) had issued a notification on September 11 to implement the Chief Minster’s orders with immediate effect, we have been kept in the dark and our grievances have not been addressed,” president of the Committee Ramesh Chandra Mohanty said.
Over 50 protesters march towards the Minister's residence at Surya Nagar at 9:30 am
Window panes and flower pots of the house damaged due to egg and stone pelting
27 persons involved in the incident arrested by police
Families of deceased employees have been protesting at Lower PMG from August 16
CM had directed Energy Dept to provide employment to families of deceased employees