PHE employees beaten by army in Hajin, colleagues protest

PHE employees beaten by army in Hajin, colleagues protest
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HAJIN: Two daily wage employees of the Public Health Engineering (PHE) mechanical department were beaten and injured, allegedly by army at Hajin in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
The injured employees were shifted to JVC Srinagar, from where they were discharged after day-long treatment.
Meanwhile, a group of employees under the banner of the All PHE Dailywage Employees Association, Kashmir, reached their head office in Sopore and registered their protest before senior officers while also blocking the water supply of sub-division Hajin.
Talking to Kashmir Reader, president All PHE Dailywage Employees Association, Kashmir, Sajad Ahmad said that two employees, Mohammad Ashraf Wani and Firdous Ahmad Dar, were on duty at water supply scheme 2nd at main town Hajin on Sunday night when an army team reached their quarters and beat them both with sticks and iron rods for several hours, leaving them injured.
Sajad said that according to the employees, the Army was in search of militants but instead beat two innocent workmen who were on duty.
“On Monday, we met with our officials, including the Executive Engineer, the Chief Engineer and others, where we forwarded our complaint letters. All the employees of the department are going to hold a protest in front of the SDM office on Tuesday, and we will also stop all our PHE schemes in Hajin to register our protest.”
Mohammad Ashraf Wani, one of the injured employees, told Kashmir Reader, “The Army team, headed by a senior officer, told us that they had extra guns and would kill us in an encounter if we did not tell them the truth about the presence of militants. But we told them that there were no militants there and no one else other then we two employees.” He said that both of them were left with fractured arms and shoulders.
Executive Officer, Mechanical Division, Sopore, Shahid Iqbal said, “We have talked to SSP Bandipora and the Chief Engineer of our department, and I requested both the officers to take action against the army men for this inhuman activity. Both the officers assured us that action would be taken against the incident.”