Agartala: Local villagers on Wednesday gheraoed the officials of state-run ONGC at Kamalasagar Natun Colony area in Tripura‘s Sepahijala district over “non-payment of dues”.

The villagers reportedly stopped the ONGC officials as they were leaving the site without paying their dues.

“The ONGC authorities have been cheating the people for four and a half years without giving them money. If our demand is not met, the officials will not be allowed to go from the site,” angry villagers said.

ONGC came to Kamalasagar Natun Colony area in 2008 and started dredging work for which they took land from seven residents of the area on a monthly payment basis.

However, even though the payment was made for the first nine years, since 2018, no money has been paid by the ONGC, alleged villagers.

On Wednesday, when the ONGC officials were leaving the place with all their belongings without paying the dues, the people of the area gathered and blocked them and started protesting with a bamboo fence in front of the main gate.

The villagers alleged that unless their dues are paid by the ONGC management, the officials would not be allowed to leave the place.

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