Two days after its failed attempt to disrupt rail traffic on the Udhampur-Katra stretch, the Jammu Kashmir National Panthers Party on Monday threatened to intensify its rail roko agitation next month by giving a call for “Track Par Chalo” (move on to the railway track) agitation, if Central government did not cancel the appointment of youth from Valley to posts in Northern Railways, which were meant for local youth in Jammu region.
Pointing out that the agitation will be launched at panchayat level along the railway track from Lakhanpur to Banihal, the JKNPP state president and sitting MLA from Udhampur, Balwant Mankotia said that the Railways while acquiring land for railway track between Udhampur to Katra had promised jobs to local youth. However, after the completion of the track, they appointed “stone pelters’” from Valley against vacancies meant for local youth in the area.
The Panthers Party activists have been agitating on the Udhampur-Katra railway track for the last over a fortnight, but the government has not taken cognizance of the matter, he regretted. While both the Centre and state government have appointed only Kashmiri youth in special recruitment drives in the Valley, the appointment of “stone pelters from Valley’’ by Railways on vacancies in Jammu region have directly hit the interests of local youth, he added.
Two days ago, police had resorted to lathicharge and teargas as JKNPP activists had tried to hold a sit in on the railway track near Udhampur. Nearly two dozen people including some cops were injured in the battle between stone pelting JKNPP youth and lathi wielding cops.