Delhi: 50-year-old teacher on hunger strike to highlight injustice

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 28, 2015 01:04 IST
Anil Kumar Shukla, a teacher of Kendriya Vidyalaya, sits on hunger strike at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi. (Arun Sharma/HT Photo)

In a desperate bid to draw attention to his plight, a 50-year-old Kendriya Vidyalaya teacher has been sitting on an indefinite hunger since September 23 at Jantar Mantar.

Anil Kumar Shukla has been a Trained Graduate Teacher of mathematics and served in different KVs across the country for 21 years.

Shukla has alleged that he was framed under several false charges of corruption and corporal punishment by the then principal and terminated from service in 2009 from KV number 3 in Delhi Cantonment.

“I was wrongly framed and suspended from service when I was due for a promotion. I knew I was right, so I went to Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) with my case.

CAT heard the matter and asked the KV to reinstate me and give me all my dues. I was reinstated after 2 years of being out of service. They were supposed to give me my dues but instead they posted me to Jharkhand,” said Shukla, who also suffers from partial visual impairment.

He has parked himself at the entrance of the protest ground with two bags filled with court documents and copies of petitions filed with various other authorities.

He alleged that he did not get any salary when he joined work in Jharkhand following which he returned to the Capital and approached the National Human Right Commission (NHRC). He has even alleged that his government quarter was taken away from him and since then he has been living at a rented place in Naraina.

“As I was not being given my due, I approached NHRC and the office of the commissioner for persons with disabilities. They ruled in my favour but the KVs didn’t comply. So tired of fighting with authorities now I am sitting here to die,” said Shukla, who hails from Uttar Pradesh.

Authorities from KV could not be reached for comment. HT tried contacting the KV commissioner, Santosh Kumar Mall, but he did not answer calls or reply to text messages. Additional commissioner GK Srivastava refused to comment as he is not authorised to speak on the issue.

With no money left to sustain himself, Shukla has said he will also get his wife Anupama Shukla and two sons, aged 15 and 18 years, to sit with him.

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