MCA employees hold protests over manhandling of colleague

SHABIR AHMAD

ANANTNAG: Employees of municipal council Anantnag Tuesday staged protests and decided to go on an indefinite over the beating of their colleague by shopkeepers in Lal chowk area. A sanitary inspector of municipal council, Mohammad Ayoub Thag was allegedly beaten by a shopkeeper after the two had an altercation. “The sanitary inspector along with some sweepers were lifting the garbage from market place. A shopkeeper had parked his car in front of the dustbin. Our sanitary
inspector asked him to move his car and pave way for the garbage lifter. This led to verbal brawl between the two following which the two brothers running a shop ruthlessly beat the official,” district president of the local bodies employees, Mohammad Ashraf Dar told Kashmir Reader. He said that the official suffered multiple injuries in beating by the duo and had to be hospitalized for several hours. Following the incident hundreds of employees including sweepers staged protests. Demanding stern action against the shopkeeper the protesting employees marched from muncipal council Anantnag to DCs office. Following the protests, the police registered FIR against the
shopkeeper. “We have registered a case against the shopkeeper for beating the government official on duty,” said a police official. He said that FIR number 21 under section 332 and 341 has been registered but added that the booked shopkeeper has not been arrested yet.
However, the protesting employees said decided to go on a strike till the people involved in the beating of the official are not arrested. “We have decided to go on a strike till the people who thrashed our colleague are not put behind the bars. No sweeper of the MCA will clean the streets or remove the garbage from the market places of the town from tomorow. The strike will end only after we see the erring shopkeepers in lockup,” said president of MC employees, M A Dar.

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