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Hundreds protest unemployment outside J&K assembly

Over one hundred protestors are agitating outside the Jammu and Kashmir state assembly, demanding a re-assesment of the employment policy in the state. The protestors who were holding placards and shouting slogans against unemployment were lathicharged by police, but are refusing to leave the premises.

The demonstrations outside come immediately after an incident where three youth who were sitting in the public gallery of the assembly, suddenly jumped into the well of the house and began shouting against the employment policy.

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The youth almost made it to the speakers chair, but were apprehended by security personnel and taken away for questioning.

State MLAs have expressed shock at the incident and vowed to take strict action against the youth as well as the person responsible for giving them the public passes. However Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that to call the incident a 'security breach' was an exaggeration as they had been holding valid passes. However, he blamed he opposition, said the men, who belong to a BJP-affiliated outfit called the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Front, had been brought to the Assembly in the car of an MLA.

The opposition JKDF party meanwhile defended the protestors, saying that unemployment was a serious issue in the state and it needed to be brought up in the assembly and addressed immediately.