Protesters whisked away in load carriers
SYED IMRAN ALI HAMDANI
Srinagar, May 9: In a bid to nab as many protesting employees as possible, the government didn’t bank on its own resources like police vehicles alone but hired load carriers to instantly whisk away the protesters to nearby police stations.
The mini load carriers, including Tata Estate vehicles, which are mostly used to ferry construction material in the City, were pressed into service to whisk away the protesters, all drenched violet by water
canons and batons used to disperse them. As the employees made multiple bids to gherao the Civil Secretariat, only to be dispersed by the heavy contingents of police, onlookers in the City centre were amazed to see that groups of protesters kept zooming past the roads in load carriers as they raised slogans against the government.
The load carriers not only kept making rounds again and again, but police paved quick way for their movement.
This left many onlookers curious as to what was happening. Finally, it was found that the load carriers were actually being used by the police to whisk away the protesters to the nearest police stations.
A police official pleading anonymity said the number of protesting employees was so huge that police couldn’t manage their immediate detention without the use of load carriers.
“As if all the 30 thousand employees were re-emerging again and again that we had to opt for load carriers,” he said.
“Our armoured and other vehicles proved too little to nab them,” he admitted.
Lastupdate on : Wed, 9 May 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 9 May 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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