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Government employees, police clash in Srinagar

Hundreds of government employees on Monday made an abortive attempt to ‘gherao’ civil secretariat here to protest the alleged failure of the government to fulfil their demands including enhancement of retirement age.

Over 100 employees were detained as police used batons and water canons to keep the protesting employees away from the secretariat - the seat of Jammu and Kashmir government, officials said. The employees, who had struck work in response to the call given by Joint Consultative Committee for the day, assembled at Exhibition Crossing in the heart of the city and tried to march towards the nearby Secretariat, they said. However, their attempt was scuttled by police personnel.
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