Srinagar: Police on Wednesday detained several Anganwari workers who are on a hunger strike since Monday pressing for their demand for regularization of services and hike in wages.
Eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader that a police party arrived at the Press Enclave at 8am and asked the Anganwari workers to report at the Kothibagh police station “to resolve the dispute” between them and the government.
The protesters said that the Aanganwari Association leaders turned down the request, after which police misbehaved with them, dragged them to their vehicles and lodged them in Kothibagh police station.
“They (police) tore my trousers while dragging me into the vehicle,” one of the detained protesters told Kashmir Reader on telephone.
Another Anganwari leader said that police resorted to “brutal action” “without any reason”.
“There was no attempt of self-immolation today but despite that our leaders and other members were detained,” she said.
After the detention of protesting workers, other members of the association gathered inside Pratap Park and protested for the release of their colleagues.
They shouted slogans against the government, department and the minister.
They workers said government was doing grave injustice to them by paying them mere 3600 rupees. “Government is exploiting us. Aren’t they aware of what kind of work anganwari workers do? From pulse-polio-day to election duty we risk our lives,” Wazira, a protester said.
The protesters wowed to continue their “battle for rights” until their demands are met.