Sanitary workers protest killings of workers

Published: August 20, 2017
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RAWALPINDI: A sizeable number of sanitary workers on Saturday staged a protest demonstration to press the police to arrest the killers of two of their colleagues. The two workers  employed with Turkish Albayrak Waste Management Company; were killed by unidentified motorcyclists on Friday morning.

The protest demonstration led by Municipal Workers League (CBA) Rawalpindi President Haji Farooq Ahmed Khan, was held outside Rawalpindi Press Club.The protestors were holding banners saying .“Police should arrest the killers immediately: we condemn armed attacks against poor sanitary workers”.

Sanitary worker killed, another injured in Dhok Kashmirian locality

The protestors were raising slogans against killing of two of their colleagues Asher Asif and Karamat Maseh employed with Albayrak as they were gunned down by unidentified  assailants on Murree Road in June 2017 and in Sadiqabad on August 18 respectively.

They demanded the Inspector General of Police Punjab, Regional Police Officer and City Police Officer to apprehend the killers of the innocent sanitary workers immediately.

They demanded the government to provide the sanitary workers security at work places.

Addressing the protestors, MWL (CBA) Rawalpindi President Haji Farooq Ahmed Khan denounced the armed attacks on poor sanitary workers of Albayrak in the city and demanded the government and law enforcement agencies to provide adequate security to the workers at their workplaces. He said so far two poor sanitary workers had been killed by unidentified terrorists while police had failed in arresting the culprits.

“This has created a sense of insecurity among the workers,” Haji Farooq said.

He demanded the government to allow the sanitary workers to wear private dresses instead of uniforms during the work as it came into the notice of the criminals and they were targeting the poor sanitary workers as a soft target.

“The government should also end duty of the sanitary workers early in the morning,” he said. He added the Punjab government should compensate the families of the victims and give jobs to their sons. He informed all the sanitary workers had decided to donate  their one day salary to the widow of Karamat Masih , who became fresh target of terrorists in Data Ganj Baksh Road at Sadiqabad.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 20th, 2017.

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