Kin of policemen dead on duty hold protest

Kin of policemen dead on duty hold protest

Since Guv rule, single SRO 376 case settled out of 60

Srinagar: The Union of Victims of Police Personnel Families, whose parents died due to natural causes while on duty, held a protest demonstration here in Srinagar on Monday, demanding that the government provide them jobs as per the SRO 43/376 of 2017.
Scores of protesters from various districts of the state assembled here in Press Enclave, holding placards and banners which read: “We want Justice”, ”SRO 43/376 pending cases”, “Need Governor as well as media intervention”, “Release SRO 376 police personnel pending cases”, “Need Governor attention, 48 cases ordered and another 60 cases pending, SRO 376 victims need Justice”, ” Need Chief Secretary’s attention, SRO 376 police personnel SRO cases pending from last 10 months, suffering from last 10 years” and “Justice delayed is justice denied”.
“My father was working in the Police department, He was PSO of Vice-Chancellor of Kashmir University. He was on duty when he died naturally,” said Gagan Singh, son of late Romesh Singh from district Kathua in Jammu division.
“When my father died on duty, I was only 14 years of age at that time. The government has created an SRO 376 of 2017; under this SRO, the government is giving out jobs of police personnel who died due to natural incidents to their next-of-kin,” Singh said.
“Presently, I have my mother, my brother and my elderly grandfather and grandmother in my family. I am not in a position to take on all the expenses of my family. We are demanding the government to provide us jobs as per the SRO 376,” he said.
“My father died in the year 2005, when I was only 11 years of age, due to misfiring from his gun as he was cleaning it when he was on duty at Lazibal grid station,” said Mudasir Hakim, son of late Mohammed Yousuf Hakeem of Anantnag district.
“The government has created SRO 376 of 2017 for the police personnel families who died due to natural causes. Under this SRO, the government has received nearly 110 cases across the state, in which 48 cases have been solved by the coalition government of PDP and BJP. After the Governor’s rule has been imposed across the state, only one case has been solved till date,” Hakim said.
“The other remaining 60 files are stilling pending in the state administration. We have approached the Governor and the concerned Chief Secretary in this regard, but nothing has been done for us.”
“The SRO said the candidate should be unmarried and none of the dependents of the deceased should be government employees. Further, the Director General of Police and administrative secretary of the Home Department shall certify after due satisfaction that the elements of compensation still exist in the family,” the protesters said.
“Under this SRO, we are not able to marry till our SRO is settled. A few of our candidates are getting over age; this is another big issue for us,” they said.
The protesters requested Governor Satya Pal Malik and the Director General of Police to look into the matter.