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Police fire teargas, 5 injured

india Updated: Sep 01, 2009 17:25 IST

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At least five persons, including a boy, were injured in Srinagar on Tuesday when police fired teargas shells and used water cannons to disperse a rally by the striking employees of State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) demanding release of their salaries, pending for last five months.

The rally comes four days after Chief Minister Omar Abdullah convened a meeting of the state officers and called for formulating a well thought out roadmap for strengthening SRTC and making it a viable and profitable unit.

Accompanied by their family members, including children, the employees, who are on an indefinite strike for over past one week, took to streets outside Corporations' headquarters and marched towards in-session state Assembly, officials said.

Security personnel initially resorted to baton charge and then used water cannon on the protesters, who were raising slogans against the authorities, after they ignored police call to disperse.

Five persons were injured in the police action evoking strong resentment among the protesters, some of whom pelted stones at the police, they said adding over a dozen employees have been taken into preventive custody.

Meanwhile, a spokesman of the SRTC employees union said "the march was peaceful and aimed at inviting the attention of the government and the legislators sitting in the assembly."

"We are without salaries for past five months. We are unable to meet our daily needs, leave aside the school fees of our children," the spokesman said.