Stating that organising peaceful protests was the right of the people in a democratic polity, CPM state secretary Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Friday appealed to all the political parties and trade unions irrespective of their affiliations to fight against denial of democratic rights in the state.
Talking to reporters on Friday, Tarigami condemned the recent police crackdown on workers of Chenani-Nasari four-lane road & tunnel project.
He said attempts to stifle the right to peaceful protests would only encourage the emergence of autocratic and violent forces in society.
He stressed upon the government to avoid confrontation and find out an amicable solution to the issues through negotiations with the representatives of worker unions and associations. "The long pending genuine demands of the Chenani-Nasari workers should be given a patient hearing by the management and an amicable solution should be reached at to end the stalemate,"the CPM leader said.
"Members of the house committee on environment had visited the project site and had found that workers were working in deplorable conditions,"Tarigami said, while demanding reinstatement of workers sacked by the Leighton Company.
He said the workers' demand for classification and categorisation on the basis of their skills and the nature of jobs should be accepted by the company.