Langoo, Wani condemns police action
SRINAGAR: Police foiled a march of National Health Mission (NHM) employees towards the Chief Minister’s residence at Gupkar from Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Monday.
Reports said that a large number of NHM employees were baton charged by Police near Regal Chowk. The protesting employees said that many of their colleagues have been injured in baton charge by police. The employees alleged that yet again police used brute force to stop them marching towards Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s residence.
“We had planned a march towards the official residence of Chief Minister at Gupkar. We wanted to hold a peaceful protest outside her residence but were charged with lathi’s that resulted in the injuries of all but 15 doctors including some females,” said a protester.
NHM Employees Association has further extended their strike till Thursday (February 9). Meanwhile Shabir Ahmad Langoo, President Medical Employees federation (MEF) condemned the use of brute forces against the protesters by police. While addressing the NHM employees at SMHS hospital, Langoo extended full support to the employees adding that the MED is with them in their agitation against the injustice.
Abdul Qayoom Wani, Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) president also condemns the police action. He said that the their demands are genuine.
However, President Shaheen Nawaz said that they have been working from last 10 years and they are demanding regularization of their services, implementation of SRO 255 and Equal Pay for Equal Work. “These demands are genuine but the attitude of the government is callous,” he said.
He threatened in case their genuine demands are not sorted out on priority basis with in the time given then they will launch state wide agitation, for which the Government shall be personally responsible.