SMC employees accuse Police of highhandedness

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SSP Srinagar says, matter will be investigated

Srinagar: The employees of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) today staged a sit-in protest demonstration against the alleged highhandedness of Police.

Reports said employees had staged a sit-in protest demonstration yesterday too. They accused security forces of beating the SMC workers and not allowing them to carry sanitation in Srinagar city.

After the intervention of SMC Commissioner, the employees resumed the work, an official said.

The official added that scores of SMC employees today again staged sit-in protest and accused security forces of beating them.

“We demand punishment to the forces personnel who beat our men and our official cards should be treated as curfew passes. We are seeking the intervention of Governor,” the protesting employees told KNS.

SSP Srianagar Dr Haseeb Mughal told KNS that Police is enforcing restrictions so that unnecessary public interactions could be minimized as GoI has issued clear directions who should be allowed to move in and out of Red Zone areas. As far as allegations of SMC employees are concerned, we are looking into the matter and will see if there is any kind of lapse on the prescribed SoP and if anyone found guilty, the department will take action as per law.

When KNS contacted SMC Commissioner Gazanafar Ali, he said that he informed the Divisional Commissioner about the matter.

“Divisional Commissioner assured that every Safai Karamchari would be taken care of and would be issued passes.”

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