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Police arrests SRTC employees in Kashmir

Mohammed Mohsen

Srinagar, Wednesday, March 05, 2008:

Police in Indian administered Kashmir Wednesday arrested hundreds of protesting State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) employees and their family members including women in Srinagar.

The protesters who are demanding revamping of SRTC and pending salaries of employees were raising slogans against the authorities and Congress led coalition government for their apathy towards corporation.

The SRTC employees are on strike since February 19. The employees along with their families march the roads in Srinagar to mark their protest and make their voices heard.

However the deployed contingents of police today swung into action and arrested protesting employees.

The employees and their family members have been lodged at police stations in Srinagar.

Meanwhile, the government to build pressure on the striking employees of SRTC Tuesday invoked the provisions of the Essential Services Maintenance Ordinance (ESMO), asking the employees to resume their duties.

Secretary Transport Dalip Singh in Jammu Tuesday has termed strike unlawful and said government will not allow a group of employees to cause unabated inconvenience to the public.

The officer stated that the government has already released salaries of employees and had kept it with concerned officers for disbursement.

However employees union has denied budging before the government pressure and termed invocation of ESMO as a mistake on part of government.

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