Protesting teachers refuse to relent, allege govt apathy
Patiala, February 12
Contractual teachers clashed with police personnel when the former tried to enter the Chief Minister’s residence on Tuesday evening.
Today’s face-off is said to be over the registration of cases against 54 teachers under relevant sections of the IPC following their agitation on Sunday.
As soon as the teachers reached the YPS roundabout, they encountered police personnel. The latter used a mild force when the protesting teachers tried to cross the barricades, put up to prevent them from going near the Chief Minister’s residence.
The protesters (around 300 in number) were raising anti-government slogans. Amanpreet Kaur, a protester, said: “I was manhandled by a policeman when I tried to cross the barricades. We just wanted to highlight our genuine demands, but the police ill-treated us.”
Addressing the protesters, Hardeep Toderpur, said, “After the lathicharge and use of water cannons on Sunday, 54 teachers had been booked. This clearly shows that the government has no intention to regularise the teachers.”
Moreover, the teachers also burnt an effigy of the state government to protest against the police on Sunday.
Before the protest march, the teachers staged a dharna outside the District Education Office. They also submitted a memorandum of boycotting the “Padho Punjab-Padhao Punjab” campaign to the DEO.
The police on Monday booked 50 teachers, including 10 union leaders of the Adhyapak Sangarsh Committee, for clashing with cops during a protest in Patiala on Sunday. The union leaders who were booked are state co-convener of the Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha Hardeep Toderpur, Davinder Punia, Sukhwinder Chahal, Harjeet Singh, Balkar Singh, Baaj Singh Khaira, Didar Singh Mudki, Amritpal Singh Sidhu, Sukhraj Singh and Harvinder Singh.