The agitating teachers in Madhya Pradesh in a core committee meeting of the Adhyapak Sanyukt Morcha on Saturday decided to defer their protest for now.
“Our core committee members who are in jail since Thursday evening decided to postpone our agitation for now. We have taken this decision to respect the high court’s order. Further course of action will be decided after our leaders who are in jail are released,” said Shaskiya Adhyapak Sanghthan convener Upendra Kaushal.
Kaushal said he met all 16 members of the core committee in Central Jail Bhopal and after deliberation it was concluded that the protest should be stopped till they keep their side in front of the high court.
He said studies of students in schools of the state were also getting affected because of the protest.
The high court has summoned the agitating teachers on October 5, 2015 to put forth their side.
Following the court summon, the teachers cancelled their rally planned in Delhi on October 4, and have set a 10-day deadline for the state government to reconsider their demands.
Meanwhile, 16 members of the Adhyapak Sanyukt Morcha who were leading the protest and were arrested on Thursday evening are yet to be released.
Kaushal said while all detained teachers were released on Friday, the police have refused to release their 16 leaders without bail.
Nearly 4,000 teachers were detained from cities across the state on Friday when the Madhya Pradesh government began a major crackdown on their demonstration that was supposed to reach the chief minister’s residence.
The teachers, employed by local bodies in government schools, have been demanding their jobs be regularised and they be paid on par with teachers employed by the education department because they share the same responsibilities.