Accusing the state government of backtracking from its promises and agreements, the employees Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) leaders threatened of intensifying agitation and warned that the next programme could have a direct impact on general Public for which the onus would lie on the government.
“We have been keeping cool for long. Government on the intervention of the CM signed the agreements with us, but ironically never implemented them on ground.” JCC leader Khursheed Aalam told KNS on Thursday. He added that now when the government seems unmoved with the agitation, it was time of JCC to take a tough call. “We know people would face the difficulties when we intensify our agitation, but we are left with no other alternative by the government”, said Aalam adding “JCC wants to apologize to the public in advance for the inconvenience they might come across during the next phase of agitation likely to be announced on Friday .
“We are holding two simultaneous press conferences tomorrow on 11th January at Srinagar and Jammu at 11 am. I will be addressing the PC at Srinagar and A.Q.Wani would do the same at Jammu during which the next programme of JCC would be made public.” said Aalam.
The JCC leader said that the government was not serious in the implementation of its agreements with the employees which has forced them (JCC) to lock horns with the government.
Meanwhile most of the government offices in the state wore a deserted look on the third consecutive day on Thursday. JCC leader Khursdheed Alam, led a march of employees from Municipal Park at Srinagar which was intercepted by Police at Regal Chowk on its way to Divisional Commissioner Office. During the process, Aalam said, he along with more than 150 agitating employees was arrested.
However Deputy Inspector General of Police Central Kashmir Afadul Mujtaba rejected the JCC claims that some agitating employees were injured in police action against them in Srinagar. “No one was injured. We need to maintain law and order in the city and as precautionary measure some of the employees were arrested, however, they were later released”, he added.
In the meantime a similar kind of March led by Ab. Qayoom Wani was undertaken from Udyog Bhawan which later dispersed at Div. Com. Office after the employees presented a memorandum to the Divisional Commissioner Jammu.