Even after more than 24 hours, the 11 persons who had climbed up a water tank near Hall Gate in protest against denial of jobs to them in Powercom on compassionate grounds refused to come down on Thursday.
In December also, these persons had climbed up a water tank near Ram Bagh, but had come down following an assurance.
Although the agitators claimed that nobody from the administration had talked to them, Amritsar deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal said, "An official of the district administration had approached them on Wednesday, but in vain. They did not talk to him. We are ready for talks. They can give us a memorandum to forward to the state government."
Meanwhile, the protesters said they would not come down till they are given the jobs they have been demanding for the past several years. "We are very determined this time. We won't budge till we get the jobs," they said.
Civil Lines SHO inspector Sanjeev Thakur said the police had also tried to persuade the protesters to come down the water tank, but they seemed to be in no mood to listen. "We are keeping a close eye on them," he said.
Some Congress leaders, including Karamjit Rintu, went to the spot and demanded that the state government must intervene.