Employees March Foiled

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Srinagar – Hundreds of employees under the banner of Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) staged protest demonstration in Srinagar on Monday. However, before the employees could march towards the Civil Secretariat, the policemen deployed in strength near Khalsa School prevented them from moving ahead.
According to eyewitnesses, police resorted to baton-charging and also used water cannons to disperse the protesters. Scores of employees employees were injured while seventy five were arrested by police, said the JCC leaders.
“Police action won’t deter us. We will continue our fight for our rights. Police arrested seventy five of our employees while critically injuring scoring of them,” JCC Chairperson, Abdul Qayoom Wani said adding that the JCC leadership would meet in CAPD premises on Tuesday and would decide about the future course of action.
Wani said they were forced to come on the streets after the government failed to keep the promise on the September 15 agreement.
Wani told reporters that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had last year promised prompt disposal of the employees’ demands, but nothing positive had come out so far.
“Chief Minister had promised a prompt disposal of our demands last year. The agreement was framed by the chief minister’s advisor and both the employees and the government signed the agreement,” he said.
“A committee headed by the state chief secretary was formed to make its recommendations on our demands. But, the committee has not submitted any recommendations so far which indicates the insensitiveness of the state government,” he said.
Regarding the future strategy, Wani said, “It was just a symbolic protest to remind the government of what could unfold if our demands were not met.. JCC leadership will meet in CAPD premises on Tuesday and will decide the future course of action.”

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