After early morning hiccups, Pulwama resumes normal work

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Force, browbeating complicates issues: Tarigami

SRINAGAR (KNS) – Shops and business establishments in South Kashmir’s Pulwama Township Monday resumed normal work after early morning incidents of clashes and protests by youth against alleged excessive use of force by the police.

The protestors expressed anger over the fact that some of them had received injuries while they were protesting against lack of basic amenities like power and supply of cooking gas to the district. They also demanded compensation in favour of the injured youth, who had received injuries in police action over three days of continuous protest.

Meanwhile, on intervention of local elders and Pulwama coordination committee, the protestors dispersed, after which normal work resumed. Shops and establishments resumed work and traffic was also seen plying on roads. Reports also suggested that supply of power has improved in the township after the PDD installed a transformer at the receiving station. Schools and colleges also resumed normal work and uniform clad children were seen proceeding schools.

Strongly condemning the police action in Pulwama, CPI (M) state secretary M Y Tarigami today said instead of mitigating the sufferings of people the government is complicating the public grievances related to basic amenities through use of force and browbeating.

In a statement issued here, Tarigami said that the same situation is being repeated during every winter and the people of the Valley are left helpless being devoid of basic amenities, especially the power and cooking gas. “The Administration seems to be insensitive to the concerns of the people and tall claims of providing every facility to the people of the state are made by the Government while the administration is standstill on the ground,” he remarked.

Referring to the protests and shutdown in Pulwama Township the CPI (M) leader observed that the cold shoulder attitude of the successive governments towards the development of this old district has got exposed. “The poor condition of roads and bridges, absence of proper health care facilities, lack of proper educational infrastructure, frequent breakdown of electricity and non-availability of essential commodities across the district bear witness to the hollowness of claims of development of the area by the successive governments,” he added.

Stating that the present regime is not fulfilling its democratic obligations and acknowledging the aspirations of the people, he maintained that the Government should be alive to the needs and aspirations of the people and make all out efforts to redress the grievances and ensure better delivery system for providing basic facilities to the people.

Describing the police action as unfortunate and uncalled for, Tarigami urged the government to be responsive to the genuine concerns of the people and not to allow the police to handle such issues with force and browbeating. “Force tactics only complicates issues and compels the protesters to adopt more confrontationist path,” he cautioned.

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