Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir police on Tuesday used
force to scuttle a protest march by government employees here
in support of their demands including release of the Sixth Pay
The employees assembled on the main road near Exhibition
Crossing late this afternoon and started marching towards
nearby Civil Secretariat, the seat of Jammu and Kashmir
However, the marchers were stopped by police at Jehangir
Crossing and asked to disperse.
The employees insisted on going ahead with the protest,
following which police used batons to disperse them, official
sources said adding five protesters were injured while
20 others, including some of their leaders, were taken into
The protest call was given by an employees union in
support of its demand for release of the Pay Commission
arrears, enhancement of retirement age from 58 to 60 and
regularisation of adhoc and daily wage workers.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir ASHA workers union also
held a protest demonstration at Sheri Kashmir Park in the
heart of the city.
Hundreds of ASHA workers from all parts of the Valley
participated in the demonstration.
The workers raised a number of demands which include
government employee status, enhancement and timely monthly
salary, six hours of duty, supply of special kits, adequate
protection in the field, issuance of identity cards and other
incentives, the officials said.