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Move employees in Jammu boycott duties

Srinagar, Feb 18: Kashmir employees in Jammu Monday boycotted their duties to press the Governor led administration over their demands.

The employees boycotted their duties from Monday and said they will continue to boycott their duties until and unless their demands are not met.


The Darbar Move Employees Federation (DMEF) has been demanding safety of their families.

DMEF president, Owais Wani said the government sent vehicles for the employees Monday to ferry the employees to Civil Secretariat and other government offices but they refused to join their duties today.“The employees demand complete security to their families and want their families be sent back to Kashmir safely,” Wani said.

Scores of government employees protested at Press Enclave here on Monday against the attacks on Kashmiri students, businessmen and employees in the winter capital and other states.

The protest was held under the banner of Employees Joint Consultative Committee (EJCC).

Chanting slogans, the protesters asked the government to ensure the safety of Jammu Muslims, Kashmiris and Durbar move employees.

President, EJCC Aijaz Khan said that the traders, students’, employees and others are facing lot of problems in Jammu.
“Muslim population of Jammu and Kashmiris are being harassed and attacked. The government should bring the situation to normal at an earliest,” he said.

He said that government should provide compensation to those, whose property has been damaged.
“Home Minister and Governor should make efforts for bringing the situation to normal. The safety of Kashmiris should be ensured,” he said.

Jammu and Kashmir All Departments Clerical Staff Association (JKADCSA) also held the protest at the same venue.

Raising slogans, the protesters demanded full proof security to the secretariat employees.“Some miscreants have created criminal environment in Jammu. Darbar move employees are feeling insecure. Stones were pelted on their quarters. Their safety should be ensured,”said president, Mohammad Sultan Mir.

Protest was also reported from north Kashmir’s Sopore area.

The students of Sher-e- Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST), Wadoora, Baramulla held a protest in their campus.
While condemning the attacks on Kashmiris in Jammu and rest of India, they demanded immediate release of the student, arrested by the Haryana Police.

“Kashmiris are not safe outside, this is not for the first time that our sisters and brothers are being targeted,” said a student.

Meanwhile, scores of students studying in various private education institutes held protest at Parraypora.

The students expressed serious resentment over the increasing attacks on Kashmiris.

“The sedition cases lodged against Kashmiri students should be withdrawn. The security of Kashmiri students studying in different institutions of the country should be ensured at an earliest,” said a student.


Amnesty urges GoI, JK to ensure safety of Kashmiris

Srinagar, Feb 18: The global rights watchdog Amnesty International India on Monday urged the Centre and the state governments across India to ensure that ordinary Kashmiris aren’t attacked or harassed in the aftermath of Pulwama attack.
In a statement, Amnesty said Central and state government authorities in India must ensure that ordinary Kashmiri women and men do not face targeted attacks, harassment and arbitrary arrests following the killing CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir by a suicide car bomber.
Quoting media reports the watchdog said Kashmiri university students and traders in northern states, primarily Uttarakhand, Haryana and Bihar, have been beaten, threatened, and intimidated by some Hindu nationalist groups.
“Many students are reported to have fled their universities in fear. Two colleges in Dehradun and one in Moradabad have stated that they will not admit new Kashmiri students,” the statement said.
“We are at a dangerous moment, and authorities must do everything they can to uphold the rule of law,” said Aakar Patel, head of Amnesty India.
“Ordinary Kashmiris across India who are only seeking to improve their lives should not be singled out for violence simply because of where they come from.”
“The mobs who use patriotism as an excuse to hound Kashmiris out of their homes, hostels and shops are corroding the basic values of the constitution of India. Authorities must investigate all allegations of threats and violence, and bring those responsible to justice,” he said.
“The Home Ministry has taken the right step by asking state governments to ensure the safety and security of all Kashmiris. Authorities must make sure that this situation does not deteriorate further,” he added.