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Home guards caned by policemen

Published: 23rd March 2013 11:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd March 2013 11:54 AM   |  A+A-

More than 100 home guards under the banner of Nikhil Utkal Gruharakhi Mahasangha (NUGM) were arrested on Friday after they clashed with the police while protesting for their rights.

The home guards breached the barricades during a civil disobedience movement to press their demand for wage hike before being lathicharged by the police.

The MG Marg turned into a battlefield as the home guards marched from Master Canteen Square towards the Assembly.

Police resorted to lathicharge after water cannon and teargas squibs proved ineffective. The Commissionerate police put up double barricades to keep the protesters away from the prohibited zone.

Some home guards, however, managed to breach the barricade. Around 20 home guards and policemen were injured in the clash. Leaders of the home guard association alleged that the police had lathicharged a peaceful civil disobedience movement.

They said that the home guards took to the streets as their six demands remained unfulfilled even after six months.

The six-point charter of demands included fulfilment of service conditions and hike in wages.

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