Police on Thursday used batons and water cannons to disrupt a protest march here by government employees who tried to march towards Chief Minister’s residence over the demand of retirement age enhancement and end to pay anomalies.
On the Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) call, hundreds of employees tried to take up a march from Sher-e-Kashmir park towards high-security Gupkar Road residence of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah against the ‘failure of the government to fulfil their demands.’ However, police swung into action and dispersed the protesting employees. Dozens of employees, including some union leaders, were detained by the police. Scuffle between police and protestors created panic and traffic movement was affected for around 30 minutes in the area.
“The government signed an agreement with the JCC leaders to solve all those issues pertaining to sixth pay commission in a time bound manner. However, the government failed to do so,” an employee leader told KNS.
JCC president Abdul Qayoom Wani told KNS that if state government will not fulfil their demands immediately the next protests will be massive. “The protest will shake the roots of this government. We won’t be responsible for that,” he added.
The state employees will observe strike tomorrow. All the government offices will remain closed for the day, he added.