Computer teachers face water cannons, threaten self-immolation

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Panchkula
  • Updated: Apr 09, 2015 13:34 IST

The local police fired water cannon and also resorted to a mild lathi-charge to disperse Haryana computer teachers, who were staging a protest to press for their long pending demands.

One female teacher sustained injuries while police detained a total of 19 teachers as preventive measures. Around 100 teachers gathered near Suraj Theatre in Sector 1 and blocked the roads for over four hours and raised anti-government slogans.

Pooja of Sonepat sustained injuries and was rushed to Government Hospital in Sector 6 from where she was discharged after treatment. Teachers who blocked Panchkula- Shimla highway were forcibly removed by the cops and were rounded up.

The teachers later staged protest outside Sector 5 police station to press for the release of teachers who were detained. SHO, Sector 5 police station, inspector Lalit Kumar said that the teachers were released within a short period of time. Balram Dhiman, leader of the computer teachers, threatened that they will continue with their struggle and will self immolate themselves if their demands are not met.

Dhiman further said that they have written to prime minister and president of BJP about the non-serious attitude of the state government towards their demands.

Not practising what they preach, a team of motorcycleborne cops at the spot were seen not wearing helmets. Cops on four-wheelers were also spotted without seat belts.

The computer teachers have been protesting against the Haryana government over their recruitment policy from a past few months in Panchkula.

The teachers are raising the issues of undue security charged from them at the time of appointment, non-contribution of employer’s share towards ESI and non-payment of salaries for 13 months. They have also been demanding that the government contract with the companies through which they were hired should be terminated and salaries be disbursed from the education department directly. The government is yet to take decision regarding the future of teachers as principal secretary education TC Gupta has recommended for terminating contracts.

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