India: 13 employees of Jammu and Kashmir Cements Limited (J&K Cements) have been suspended following an incident in which J&K Cements managing director Ishtiyaq Drabu was locked inside the 0.4Mt/yr J&K Cements Khrew plant, where he says he was ‘held hostage and threatened.’ In a charge sheet against the employees, he further alleged that they had ‘left their place of duty unauthorised’ in order to assemble at the main gate, where the trap was sprung. The Daily Excelsior newspaper has reported that the action was taken by the employees in order to demand payment of their salaries. “The intervention of the police saved my life,” said Drabu.
550 J&K Cements employees have not received wages since December 2018 and US$3.91m is missing from the state-owned producer’s pension fund. Drabu has been able to draw his salary every month since his appointment in January 2019.