Police baton charge NHM employees to foil protest march


Police on Tuesday resorted to cane-charging after protesting NHM employees took out a protest march towards the Raj Bhavan in Srinagar.
Witnesses said that hundreds of National Health Mission (NHM) employees took out a protest march from Partap Park and tried to march towards the governor’s house.
However, police swung into action near Kothibagh police station and foiled the protest march by erecting barricades and resorting to lathicharge.
This triggered clashes between the protesters and the police, said an eye witness.
He said the police also resorted to the use of pepper spray to disperse the protesting employees, leaving several employees unconscious.
Several protesters, he said, were detained by the police after they blocked the traffic movement on the Residency Road.
The employees who have been on a strike since past thirty days are demanding regularization in a phased manner, equal pay for equal work and other social security benefits.

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