Apni Party women activists stage protest against price hike, detained

Apni Party women wing leaders and workers being arrested by police during protest in Jammu on Monday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
Apni Party women wing leaders and workers being arrested by police during protest in Jammu on Monday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Sept 6: Apni Party, Provincial president, Women Wing, Jammu, Namrta Sharma along with large number of women leaders and party workers today courted arrest here during a peaceful protest against price rise of fuel and other essential commodities.
Led by Namrta, hundreds of women leaders and workers assembled outside Press Club, Jammu to protest against the price rise of petrol, diesel, LPG and other essential commodities.
While shouting slogans against the price rise, the women leaders marched towards Dogra Chowk from Press Club, when they were surrounded by the strong contingent of women police and they were not allowed to proceed towards Dogra Chowk.
As the women leaders proceeded amid minor scuffle with the police personnel, the Apni Party women leaders were stopped by the police force.The police did not allow them to move ahead towards Raj Bhawan and were arrested by police.
“A large number of women leaders and workers were taken into custody by the police in their vehicles,” said Namrta. Later, they were set free by the police, she said.
While speaking at the protest site, Namrta said that political parties are silent over the burning issues being faced by the people particularly women in Jammu and Kashmir. The Apni Party will not keep silent over issues which affect normal life and have adverse effects on the poor people,” said Namrta.
She said, “We have decided to come out on the roads so that we can make the Govt to wake up to the suffering of the people in general. It is not the issue of a region or a district. However, all the people are equally suffering and therefore, we should come out and protest against the price rise.”
Namrta said that the prices of petrol, diesel, LPG and other essential commodities are skyrocketing and there is no check in the market. “The black marketers are openly working and Govt has failed to control the prices which has affected the normal lives of the people,” she added.
Vice presidents, Pavneet Kour, Jyoti Vaid, District Coordinator Sarabjeet Kour, Provincial secretaries Ichpal Kour, Meenakshi, Rakhi, Parvinder Kour, Monika, Rajni Devi, Parveen Kour; District secretary, Sunita Devi and others were also accompanying.
Prominent among those who courted arrests included- Makhni, Raj, Preem Lata, Sapna, Semeta Kour, Geeta, Manu, Kulbir Kour, Tanvi, Maahi, Aarsh, Anju, Suman, Rani, Rajni, Manu, Sabhi, Reeta Devi, Sunita, Gagan, Sandeep and others.