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EDMC sanitation workers protest at Jantar Mantar, police use 'mild force' to disperse crowd

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

sanitation workers, who are on strike for the last three weeks, Monday staged a protest at the here, during which "mild force" was used by police personnel to disperse the crowd after it went out of control, police said.

A of the sanitation workers' union alleged that the police also resorted to "lathicharge" during the agitation, a charge denied by the police.

"The protesters, who were agitating at the Jantar Mantar, tried marching towards Ashoka Road and tried to break barricades, and also indulged in stone-pelting. Five police personnel were injured in stone-pelting," a said.

of Sanjay Gahlot, however, countered the allegation, claiming that "some anti-social elements had joined the group of protesters and resorted to stone-pelting to malign us".

"The police resorted to lathicharge and some of the workers got injured in it," he alleged.

Denying the charges, the said, "Police personnel only used mild force to contain the protesters."

The employees are on strike since September 12 demanding regular payment of salaries and regularisation of workers.

Meanwhile, the BJP-led East Municipal Corporation (EDMC) on Friday had issued a circular directing all the sanitation workers to resume work from October 6.

"All the sanitation workers are directed to resume work from October 6, failing which they will be removed from their post," the circular said.

Gahlot said the strike was on and added that an effigy of was burned during the protest at the

The government recently had told the that it would release Rs 500 crore within two days to civic bodies, which will help resolve the crisis that has arisen due to the ongoing strike by sanitation workers of the

On October 4, the sanitation workers had protested outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence over the issue.

"We are going to gherao the mayor's office tomorrow in Patparganj," Gahlot said.

The has around 16,000 workers, half of whom are permanent employees.

On September 26, it had decided to begin the process for permanent employment of contractual sanitation workers who were recruited after March 31, 1998.

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 19:45 IST