2 hurt as ABVP clashes with police over J-K recruitment policy

Two persons, including a policeman,were injured in a lathicharge during a ABVP rally organised to protest Jammu and Kashmir government's new recruitment policy.

An ABVP leader was also detained and was later released, Nawabad SHO Ajay Bhat said.

The agitators were demanding that the policy, under which a fresh recruit would only get 50 per cent of the basic pay for the first two years and 75 per cent for the next three years without any allowances, be scrapped.

Shouting anti-government slogans, protesters led by ABVP leader Ragav Sharma breached a barricade and clashed with police, which resorted to lathicharge to disperse the mob. A protester and a policeman were injured in the process, police said.

Students and ABVP activists had also assembled near Jammu University and protested against the new recruited policy.

"This recruitment policy is against the interests of the youth of the state. It is discriminatory in nature," Sharma said and demanded that it be immediately revoked.

Condemning the lathicharge, CPI-M State Secretary and Kulgam MLA M Y Tarigami said, "The policy is unjustified.The government should reconsider the decision and revoke it."

JK BJP chief spokesperson and National Executive member Jitendra Singh also condemned the lathicharge and said the 50 per cent salary rule will alienate the youth.

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