KHAMMAM: A tense situation prevailed at Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) head office in Kothagudem when employees, Union Joint Action Committee and all party leaders tried to ram into the head office. They were pushed out. The security guards and agitators got into a brawl. Later, the police arrested the agitators and shifted them to Annapureddypalli police station.
Demanding to implement dependent job scheme in SCCL, five national unions of employees called for strike on June 15. As part of the agitation, hundreds of employees and all party leaders under the aegis of Joint Action Committee on Monday took out a rally to Singareni head office and staged a dharna.
Leaders of JAC including M Rangaiah alleged that the government was trying to suppress the strike instead of solving the issue. They also alleged the management was trying to foil the strike by investing lakhs of rupees and was carrying out a false propaganda stating that the strike has failed and was also showing wrong attendance of the employees.
Leaders faulted the attitude of MLAs and MPs of coal belt area who are not talking about employees issues. The agitators also tried to stage dharna on the main road escaping. Meanwhile, the CPI party delegation met the collector and appealed to lift Section 144 imposed in coal belt areas.