Employees protest thwarted, many held

SRINAGAR: Police on Monday arrested dozens of government employees who were trying to protest the government directions for them to resume duties and use of pellet guns in the Valley.
The government recently issued a circular asking the employees to report on their duties. The circular warned absentee employees that they would be denied salaries.
Scores of government employees led by Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) president, Abdul Qayoom Wani, assembled at Press Enclave Srinagar. Carrying placards and banners, seeking a blanket ban on the use of pellet guns, the employees tried to march towards city centre Lal Chowk.
However, police quickly arrived at the protest venue and bundled away scores of employees including Wani, Farooq Ahmad Trali, Fayaz Ahmed Shabnam, Shabir Ahmed Langoo into vehicles and lodged them at police station Kothi Bagh.
Before his detention, Wani said that the government was fond of issuing diktats without knowing the ground reality.
“How can a government employee report on duty when government has been imposing strict curfew and erecting barricades everywhere on roads. The CRPF personnel on roads even dishonor curfew passes. Despite that the employees have kept open all the essential service departments,” he was quoted as saying by local news agency CNS.
The protesting employees expressed anguish over the civilian killings and the use of pellets in Kashmir Valley.
They demanded action against the government forces responsible for the use of pellets and killings.

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