Daily-wagers Demand Regularization, Get Batons

Police Foil Secretariat Gherao’ of Employees

SRINAGAR:  Chaotic scenes were witnessed outside Civil Secretariat here Thursday when police thwarted the Secretariat Gherao of EJAC in which hundreds of contractual, casual and daily wage employees of state government participated and wanted their services to be regularized.

The witnesses said that hundreds of employees – as per programme – assembled outside Khalsa School near Exhibition Crossing and started to march towards Civil Secretariat. They said the police personal, who were deployed in strngth to thwart the employees’ march, tried to stop them by resorting to baton charge.

The employees, however resisted police action, and moved ahead but police used heavy force and also sprayed colored water on them.

The confrontation between employees and police continued for almost an hour during which traffic came to a halt and led to chaos in the otherwise bustling area.

Despite police action, witnesses said, many employees managed to reach outside the entrance of Civil Secretariat but police dispersed them.  

EJAC spokesperson said that scores of employees were injured in police action.  “Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu had said on the floor of the Assembly that the government was framing a policy for daily wagers and casual employees, but even after the expiry of three months, “nothing” has been done,” the spokesperson said adding the protests will be intensified if government will not regularize the daily rated workers. 

Meanwhle, CPIM (M) leader MY Tarigami, Hurriyat Conference headed by Syed Ali Geelani and JKLF have condemned what they described as “brutal use of force” against employees by the State police. 

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