Police uses force during NFSA protest; several women injured

SRINAGAR: Several women were injured on Saturday in police action during protests staged here against the implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA).
Police fired stun-grenades and tear-smoke canisters when the protesters blocked the busy Amira Kadal bridge.
Scores of people from Koker Bazaar and Maisuma localities of uptown Srinagar had assembled at the bridge to protest.
They were demanding revocation of NFSA—the Act constituted by New Delhi to regulate the monthly supply of food-grains to consumers. Under the Act, the quantity of food-grains supplied to each household will be determined by its family strength.
In Jammu and Kashmir, the consumers believe the Act will drastically reduce their monthly quota of food-grains, particularly of rice—the staple food in the region.
Following the protests, the Maisuma market remained closed, while the authorities ensured a heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces.
Tehsildar concerned also visited the protesters and tried to pacify them.
The protest disrupted the traffic; the vehicles were diverted to alternate routes.
Meanwhile, both factions of Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) condemned the police action over the protesting women.
In its press statement, Muhammad Yasin Khan-led faction of KEA said, “It is a shame for the government that the women who were demanding their rightful share in ration were responded to with batons and teargas. A government which is intolerant to peaceful protests for food has not right to exist in a democratic setup.”