Strike Affects Govt Offices; JCC Leaders Set Free

SRINAGAR: On the first day of the two-day strike called by Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), work in Government offices was affected while most of the departments wore a deserted look.

The employees are demanding implementation of agreement reached with the Government, immediate release of leaders arrested under Essential Service Maintenance Act (ESMA) and revocation of this ‘anti-employees’ law. 

Meanwhile JCC leader Abdul Qayoom Wani along with six others were released from Central Jail Srinagar on Monday. 

Wani was arrested by police on Friday when he was leading a protest in Press Enclave Srinagar.

Wani was lodged in Police Station Raj Bagh where he was booked under section 107 and 151 of RPC and sent to Central Jail Srinagar. Besides him, the other employees who were released from Central Jail included Haji Muhammad Ashraf Bhat, Abdul Qayoom Beigh, Parvez Ahmed, Abdul Qayoom, Reyaz Ahmed Sofi and Muhammad Rafiq Parwaz.

A large number of employees accorded Wani a warm welcome on his release outside the Jail. While interacting with media, Wani lashed out at the government for using “repressive measures to muzzle the voice of employees and threatened to launch a “much intensified” agitation in case the government failed to address their demands.       

 “We condemn the government’s tyrannical approach against its employees as our demands are genuine and we will not be cowed down by any pressure tactic. Government will have to meet all our pending demands without any disinclination,” Wani told reporters.        

He asked the government to shun its oppressive policy and try to fulfill employees’ demands in a cordial manner.

He said that a meeting of JCC senior leaders will take place in Jammu very soon in which all the related issues of employees will be taken up and subsequently a next phase of agitation will be announced.

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