Police ‘lathicharge’ protesting academics close to CM residence in Patiala

Karam Prakash

Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 19

Several unemployed ETT teachers — who were protesting against the state government — were injured when police allegedly resorted to lathi-charge, here on Saturday. 

Police allegedly ‘cane-charged’ the protesters when they tried to scale the barricades near YPS roundabout — barely hundred metre from the Chief Minister’s residence. 

The teachers initially started a peaceful protest after they were given verbal assurance of solution over their demands. After waiting for half-an-hour, they tried to march towards CM’s residence and police “cane-charged” the teachers, including women.

The protesting teachers said the state government was not serious to advertise the jobs and had been dilly-dallying for years now.

The protesting teachers asked why Education Department did allow B.Ed graduates to apply for the post of ETT teachers. They demanded the Education department should repeal the provision B.Ed entry and advertise 10,000 new posts immediately.

Deepak Kamboj, state president, Unemployed ETT TET Pass Union, said, “Due to indifferent attitude of the government, thousands of ETT TET pass aspirants are without job. The government has failed to provide jobs to the youth over the past three years. The government was bragging ‘Ghar Ghar Rozegar’ while qualified youth were still protesting on roads.”

Meanwhile, teachers said they had refused the offer of district administration of a three-member committee under the chairmanship of Cabinet minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa. Till the filing of report, teachers were holding a sit-in near the CM residence.

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