Police detains physically-challenged persons protesting for facilities

Police detains physically-challenged persons protesting for facilities

By Ishfaq Reshi

SRINAGAR: Police detained over a dozen physically-challenged persons on Tuesday when they tried to take out a protest rally against the government’s “failure” in fulfilling their demands.
The members of Jammu and Kashmir Handicapped Association (JKHA) held a protest at Press Enclave here against the state’s “non-serious” approach in addressing the problems faced by the persons with disabilities.
“We demanded reservation in jobs, financial assistance, and loans at nominal interest rates,” the protesters, led by JKHA president Abdul Rasheed Bhat, said.
“We also demand establishment of an advisory board for the physically-challenged people, separate counters in government and semi-government departments, and concession in electricity and water tariff.”
They said the successive state government ignored their demands, forcing them to take to streets.
However, the police detained more a dozen of the protesters as soon as they tried to march towards the Civil Secretariat—the headquarters of the government in this summer capital of the state.