Jai Balaji threat charge

Durgapur, Jan. 25: Jai Balaji Industries has lodged a police complaint of threat against a Trinamul leader who has been banned from entering the factory premises in Durgapur after he led workers to detain officials and disrupt work in December.

The authorities said Ashim Pramanik, the leader whom Trinamul has disowned but was seen on Sunday sharing the dais at a programme with the Durgapur mayor and the police commissioner, was repeatedly threatening the steel plant authorities with dire consequences if the suspension of three workers allegedly involved in the December 15 ruckus was not withdrawn.

The plant's senior vice-president, Niranjan Gourisaria, said today: "Pramanik has made several threat calls to me and other executives. We lodged a police complaint against Pramanik and also informed Asansol-Durgapur police commissioner Ajay Nand last week."

"There is no question of withdrawing the suspension," he added.

Pramanik denied that he had made threat calls. "The Jai Balaji authorities are trying to sideline me with the help of INTTUC district president Prabhat Chatterjee," he said.

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