Police foil NHM employees’ attempt to march towards CM’s residence, scores injured

SRINAGAR: Scores of National Health Mission (NHM) employees sustained injuries after police used tear smoke canisters to disrupt their march towards Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s Gupkar Road official residence.
The NHM employees, protesting to press for their service regularization demand gathered near the press enclave here and resorted to anti-government sloganeering while demanding immediate action of government towards their demands.
The protesters, who earlier pegged their tents at the press enclave, blocked the main road that resulted in to the traffic mess in the area leaving hundreds of vehicles stranded on the roads in commercial hub Lal chowk.
As soon as protesters, both men and women, tried to march towards the CM’s residence, the police intercepted their march near Polo View by resorting to heavy teargas shelling to disperse them. The police action resulted into injuries to scores of protesters. One among the protesters sustained severe injuries, they said.
The government forced us to take the course of confrontation and street protests because it paid no heed to our repeated representations and demonstrations seeking regularization of our services, the protesters said.
“We appeal to the government to fulfill our demands as soon as possible so that the employees working in the department from past several years could heave a sigh of relief,” they said.
The police later swung into action and bundled several protesters into vehicles and lodged them in a local police station. The NHM employees are on strike from Wednesday last demanding regularization of their services