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Blockade ends after talks with BCCL

The BCCL management held talks with members of Colliery Karmachari Sangh, who had been agitating in support of a 20-point charter of demands, on Thursday but not before the protesters disrupted dispatch of coal at several collieries and rail loading points in Bhuli as part of the economic blockade that was launched on Wednesday.

One of the major demands of the sangh is jobs and compensation for those who had parted with their land for different projects of BCCL.

The meeting between officer-bearers of Colliery Karmachari Sangh, a trade union affiliated to JVM, and BCCL management was held in the afternoon with regional labour commissioner P.K. Saha acting as the mediator.

Colliery Karmachari Sangh’s general secretary Y.N. Upadhyay later said the regional labour commissioner promised a meeting among Dhanbad deputy commissioner, chairman and managing director of BCCL and trade union representatives soon to resolve the issues of compensation and job for land losers.

“We also took up the cause of the displaced of Jharia. The BCCL management promised to take action soon. We have withdrawn the economic blockade as of now as the company has said it would look into our demands,” said Bokaro MLA Samresh Singh, also president of the sangh.

The blockade was lifted around 3pm.