Police detains protesting YAIKS activists on way to Valley at Tikri

YAIKS leaders gostling with police at Nagrota Check Post on Sunday.
YAIKS leaders gostling with police at Nagrota Check Post on Sunday.

KP bodies flay police action

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Oct 21: Over 200 activists of Youth All India Kashmiri Samaj (YAIKS) including a sizable number of women were detained by Tikkri Police in Udhampur district to foil their bid to take a rally to Kashmir Valley in protest against delaying tactics adopted by the Government in implementation of much talked about Prime Minister’s employment package for migrant youth announced way back in 2008.
Led by YAIKS president, R K Bhat the rally was stopped by Police at Nagrota Check Post first but later they were allowed to go ahead after the heated arguments by the leadership of the organization with concerned police officers.
The rally was to be taken to Lal Chowk Srinagar where the youth will stage a protest demanding justice for them who have been waiting for absorption in Government services for years together after the Government came with a proposal of a package of 6000 jobs for the displaced youth.
However the police at Tikkri did not allow them to proceed further and asked them to return Jammu. This was turned down by the leaders of YAIKS who were adamant to leave for Lal Chowk,Srinagar. To foil their bid, the Police detained them at Tikri Police Station and till last reports came in they were lodged there.
When contacted SSP, Udhampur , Raees Ahmed Bhat said that police pleaded them to return Jammu as the situation in Kashmir was not conducive for a rally and the curfew has been imposed in areas of Valley. He said the authorities tried to convince them but leadership of the youth was adamant which forced the police to detain them.
Earlier the activists of YAIKS started their seven -day long protest rally to Valley from Muthi Camp here and they passed via Jagti Camp, Jajjer Kotli before being detained by the police at Tikkri.
Addressing the rally at Muthi R K Bhat held the both State and Central Governments responsible for the plight of displaced youth whose future has turned bleak with the failure of the Government to implement the PM’s job package for last over 10 years.
He termed the relief and rehabilitation package a total failure and cruel joke with the displaced Pandits and demanded it should be restructured, revised after proper discussion with his organization representatives.
He said it is pity that hapless KPs are leading an exiled life for last 29 years and the Government of India which should owe a responsibility of the same is unmoved at their plight.
He also demanded immediate implementation of the package, announcement of more than 3000 jobs by ensuring one Government job to each displaced family with desirable compensation to over aged youth of the community.
The rally among others at Muthi was addressed by Padamshri Dr K N Pandita, Prof A N Sadhu, Swami Kumar Ji, Omkar Nath Shastri, P L Koul Badgami, A K Dewani, Pran Pandit, Kuldeep Pandita, Ramesh Hangloo, Advocate, Kashmiri Lal and Ravi Mahaldar.
Sanjay Ganjoo and Ajay Safaya spokespersons of the YAIKS later said that police in the evening resorted to lathicharge on detained youth to disperse then and put their two senior leaders R K Baht and B K Bhat into lock up.
Meanwhile some KP organizations including KP Sabha, ASKPC, KPC, Panun Kashmir, Political Affairs Committee chairman Virender Raina and Thinkers Forum chief Kuldeep Pandita , social activist, Dr Ramesh Bhat and AIMCCC president, Desh Rattan have condemned the police action and said that instead of giving justice to exiled Pandits the Government is subjecting them to lathicharge and atrocities.