On Gupkar, SBM Employees Teargassed, Scores Detained

SRINAGAR: Police on Thursday used tear smoke shells and batons to disperse the Saakshar Bharat Mission (SBM) employees after tried to march towards Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti’s Gupkar residence.

Chanting anti-government slogans, the protesting SBM employees were demanding regularization of their services.

The SBM employees earlier assembled at Lal Chowk and tried to march towards CM’s Gupkar residence.

However, police used tear smoke shells and batons to stop the protesters from marching towards CM residence and detained scores of its members.

According to the protesting employees, scores of their members sustained injuries during the police action.

Earlier, the SBM employees told KNS that the government has failed to regularize their duties from past 10 years. “We are serving the department from past ten years but unfortunately the government has failed to fulfil their promises done with the employees. Even a single employee has not been regularized from past several years, which is totally injustice with us,” the employees said.

They said that all the promises done with them have proved hoax on the ground. “The monthly salaries we are getting is insufficient and the government is ignoring the plights of the employees. We must be regularized so that our families could feel a sigh of relief,” they demanded.

They later appealed Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti and the concerned Minister to look into the matter and redress their genuine grievances at earliest.

Meanwhile, the protesters later tried to march towards CM’s Gupkar residence.

As soon as the protesters reached Polo Ground, police used batons and tear gas shells to disperse them.

However, scores of SBM employees were also detained by the police.

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