Reserve category employees hold massive protest, demand transfers

Reserve category employees working in Kashmir taking out a procession in Jammu on Tuesday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
Reserve category employees working in Kashmir taking out a procession in Jammu on Tuesday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 14: A massive protest was held by Jammu Based Reserved Category Employees Association here, today demanding their immediate transfer to their home districts in Jammu region in view of the targeted killings by militants in Kashmir Valley for over last one year.
Hundreds of protestors bearing scorching heat including male and female participated in the procession. With banners and pla-cards in their hands reading “We want Justice”, “Stop Innocent killings”, “We Want Transfer”, they marched to Dogra Chowk. They were also shouting slogans in support of their demand including “Rajni Bala Amar Rahey” the female teacher who was killed by militants in Gopalpora village of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on May 31.
Terming the situation totally grave in Kashmir especially for minorities, the protestors said that they can’t work in the Valley under prevailing situation and the Government should immediately issue their transport orders to their home districts in Jammu region as they can’t put their lives in danger and risk any more.
The protestors, who staged a massive demonstration at Dogra Chowk later warned to continue agitation till the demand is settled.
“We don’t feel safe and secure in Kashmir now following the killing of the members of minority community especially one of our colleagues recently by militants”, said Sushil a teacher working in Kashmir. “We worked for last 15 years there and the members of majority community extended full support to us during this period,. But now the situation is also out of their hands and hence we demand our transfers to Jammu,” he added.
Another protester said they are hopeful that the Government will accept their demand and transfer them to their home districts in Jammu region. He said the demand is very genuine in nature as Government can’t expose the employees to grave risk of their lives.
He said earlier the employees tried to protest in the park and install a tent there but the police did not allow them to do that. “Now we have held a protest at Dogra Chowk to make this clear to Government that the employees will not budge an inch from their demand.