Contractual employees stage protest, police use force to disperse them

Srinagar: Police on Thursday used water cannons and batons to disperse hundreds of government employees who tried to march towards the Civil Secretariat Srinagar, to protest in support of their demand for the regularisation of their services.

The contractual employees of the Public Health Engineering Department assembled at Pratap Park to protest in support of their demands, officials said.

As the protesting employees tried to march towards the Civil Secretariat, police asked them to disperse peacefully.

The protesters, however, refused to pay heed and continued to march ahead, prompting the police to use batons, water cannons and tear smoke shells against them, the officials said.

Dozens of employees were detained, they said.

Meanwhile dozens of employees got injured in this incident.

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