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Jajpur: Cracking down on the ongoing 108 ambulance staff strike in the district which entered the fourth day today, police arrested two drivers and a pharmacist from Jajpur and Binjharpur on Thursday. The arrests followed the invocation of Essential Services Maintenance (ESMA) by the district administration on strikers.
The arrested staffs have been identified as Balaram Behera of Bamdevpur, Pabitra Dalai of Malaandapur and Saroj Kumar Panda of Bandhadiha village.
Notably, a dispute arose between 108 ambulance staffs and Ziqitza Health Care, a private company which partners the State Government to operate ambulance service in the state, over several issues a couple of days ago. Following the incident, police arrested Manoj Sahu, the Bolangir district president of the ambulance employees’ association on Monday under ST, SC Atrocities Act on the basis of a complaint filed by Dhaneshwar Tirkey, a Ziqitza staff. Since then, ambulance staffs are on strike demanding the immediate release of Manoj.