Disgruntled CAPD Employees Stage ‘Drum Protest’ in Srinagar



A musical tussle. (Photo: Bilal Bahadur/KL)
A drum row. (Photo: Bilal Bahadur/KL)

Srinagar’s Press Colony known for housing protests on routine basis Thursday witnessed a novel protest when Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) employees turned up at the place carrying drum barrels and party horns.

The novel method of protest, according to the agitating employees, took inspiration from banks which also employ the same practice to drum up attention outside homes of their defaulters in order to cause embarrassment.

“We are here to shame the government, particularly CAPD which has not released out salaries from the last 18 months,” the group leader hollered to the crowd while one person besides him swung his drumsticks.

People must know that this government is our defaulter, he said.
“Our children are being drive out of school for non-payment of fees. We work but we are not paid sufficiently.”

The protesters tried to march out to the road when a posse of J&K police personnel fanned out to thwart the procession resulting in a melee.

Many protesters were bundled in police vans and arrested. Others blew party horns, causing even the onlookers and on-duty police personnel to laugh out in amazement.

The protesters also raised slogans against Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) and Tribal Affairs Zulfkar Ali, who, they alleged, unleashed cruelty on “ghat mushis and other employees”.


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