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On Monday, protests were held under the aegis of Sarv Karamchari Sangh, an umbrella body of 112 unions of the government employees of various departments. Thousands of employees reached Panchkula’s Yavnika Park and therefrom tried to move towards Chandigarh.

Photos By Mayank Chadha

The protests are a part of swords being drawn between the Haryana government as well as its employees, with the latter all set to hold ‘Maha Gherao’ of the state assembly on Monday. This comes at the time when the state government till Saturday night had arrested 164 employees of the transport department and nearly 250 auxilliary midwifery nursing (ANM) staffers for organizing protests.

Thousands of employees jammed the roads from Panchkula to Chandigarh for which the police forces, traffic police, special commandos and riot control vehicles were stationed at the Panchkula-Chandigarh border.

SKS president Subhash Lamba accused the government of using police for demoralizing employees as well as the protests. “We shall not give up. The government will have to take back the suspended employees and to get those arrested released on bail. This comes along with our other demands as well,’’ said Lamba.

The employees were keen on breaking the barricades to enter Chandigarh for which appropriate measures had been taken care of. The employees were screaming the slogans like "Karmchaari hit mein act banao", "Kache employees ko pakka kro", and "Haryana Sarkar murdabad". 

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