Srinagar: The directorate of Urban Local Bodies Kashmir on Tuesday ordered suspension of all the employees involved in the vandalization of street vendors in Baramulla district and asked the Executive Officer MC Baramulla to recover the losses suffered by the vendors from the erring staff involved in the act.
According to an order, a copy of which lies with Kashmir News Service (KNS) director Urban Local Bodies Kashmir has directed the EO Municipal Council Baramulla to recover the losses suffered by the vendors from the concerned erring staff involved in such inhuman act and compensate the vendors accordingly.
The order reads that a video clip was circulated on the social media, wherein the employees of Municipal council Baramulla were seen destroying the articles and items being sold by the street vendors on their vending carts.
“The scene was quite painful as the concerned staff of the Municipal Council has acted inhumanly with the street vendors. These kinds of practices are bringing bad name to the MC in particular and department as a whole. I am conveying a serious displeasure on this action of the Municipal Council Baramulla,” the order stated.
It stated that EO MC Baramulla is directed to recover the losses suffered by these vendors from the concerned erring staff involved in such inhuman act and compensate the vendors accordingly.
The director has also asked the executive officer that all the concerned staff involved in the brutal action shall immediately be placed under suspension and relieved to this Directorate by today and a detailed report in the matter be furnished to this Directorate through return mail.
Notably, a video of MC Baramulla employees had gone viral on social media, wherein the employees could be seen vandalizing and destroying items of street vendors during an anti-encroachment drive.
The inhuman action evoked widespread condemnation from all sections of the society, while strict action was demanded against the officials involved.
Meanwhile, Director Urban Local Bodies Kashmir, Ms. Mathoora told KNS that she has issued the order and the employees have been placed under suspension. “The employees could have asked the street vendors to vacate the spaces if they were wrong, but not by using forces and vandalizing their items in such a way,” she said. (KNS)