Srinagar: Six employees of Jammu and Kashmir government were injured in police action and over a dozen others taken into preventive custody when they tried to take out a protest march in support of their demands including regularisation of daily-wage and casual workers.
Hundreds of employees of the Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department assembled near the Central Telegraph Office here and tried to march towards city centre of Lal Chowk. When the police asked them to disperse, the protesters insisted on taking the march forward, sources said.
Police resorted to batons charge and also used water cannons to disperse the protesters, in which six employees were injured, the sources said.
The protest call was given by Kashmir PHE Joint Employees Association in support of its demand for regularisation of daily wage workers, casual labourers and need-based workers. They also demanded their pending salaries be released and paid regularly.
The employees have been frequently holding protest demonstrations in support of their demands. Over the past several months, the employees staged various demonstrations and sit-ins to press for their demands.