Srinagar: Employees of the Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday staged protest demanding enhancement of their retirement age from present 58 years to 60 years.

Under the aegis of Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC), over a hundred government employees assembled at Exhibition crossing here and tried to march towards the Civil Secretariat, but were stopped by police, who asked them to disperse peacefully, officials said.

The protesters, however, refused to pay heed and continued to march, forcing police to resort to lathicharge and use water cannons against them.

At least, 20 EJAC members, including president of one of its factions, Khursheed Alam, were detained, officials said.

There were no reports of anyone being injured in the police action, they said.

Work in all government offices was affected due to the strike called by both factions of EJAC to press for their demands, which include enhancement of the retirement age by two years and removal of pay anomalies in different cadres of the state services.