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Kashmir govt books employees, doctors for waging war against country

The Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to act tough against its employees and students unions who follow the separatists' protest calendar. Peerzada Ashiq reports.

india Updated: Jul 27, 2010 20:13 IST
Peerzada Ashiq

The Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to act tough against its employees and students unions who follow the separatists' protest calendar.

Two senior government employees' leaders have been booked under Section 121 (waging war against the state) of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC).

Employee Joint Action Committee (EJAC) president Abdul Qayoom Wani and its general secretary Haji Bashir Ahmed were booked under several sections for organising a protest against human rights abuses on July 19 on the call of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, a conglomerate of separatist organisations.

"Cases have been registered against Wani and Ahmed under Section 121 (waging war against the state), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 13 (unlawful activity act) of the RPC," a senior police officer in Srinagar said.

The employees have threatened to launch an agitation if the FIRs are not withdrawn.

"The protest was symbolic against what was happening in the state. We will come on streets if the government does not withdraw these cases," said Wani.

The authorities have also booked several doctors for organising protests on the same day (July 19) inside the Government Medical College and Jhelum Valley Medical College. Special team of the police filmed the protests and registered cases against them later.

The police have not revealed the names of the doctors but the doctors were booked under sections 147 (guilty of rioting) 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the RPC.

Sources said more than 10 doctors were booked and an FIR (No 11/2010) was lodged against them at Karan Nagar police station.

"There were some 30 doctors who participated in the protests. But action has been initiated against four doctors, who were leading the protests. They instigated people and raised anti-national slogans," state health minister R S Chib said.