IT WAS just not their day. About 40 Shiksha Mitras, who were staging a demonstration to press for their long-pending demands, were injured in a lathicharge on the Vidhan Sabha Road on Tuesday evening.
When the police resorted to lathicharge, the Shiksha Mitras pelted stones causing a stampede. Ten policemen were also injured in the incident. Police argued that most of the agitators got injured in the stampede and were rushed to Balrampur and Shyama Prasad Mukherji hospitals.
The incident took place after talk between the agitators and a senior official of the education department failed. The agitated Shiksha Mitras then took to the street on the busy Vidhan Sabha Road and tried to set up a road blockade.
According to police throughout their agitation, these para teachers tried to disrupt the smooth flow of traffic. In the evening, they attacked the police following which canes were used to disperse the agitators.
Sources said thousands of Shiksha Mitras staged demonstration outside the Vidhan Bhawan in support of their pending demands on Tuesday. Leader of Jan Morcha Raj Babbar also joined the agitation and set up a road blockade on the busy Vidhan Sabha Road. During their demonstration, they demanded an audience with Basic Education Minister Kiran Pal Singh.
These teachers were demanding increase in their honorarium to Rs 3250, handling of all services related matters by DM and basic shiksha adhikari and maternity leave for teachers. But since the minister was not available, a meeting was arranged with a senior official of the education department.
Even though one of their demands was accepted, the Shiksha Mitras were not happy with that. They alleged that the government had already agreed to their demands way back in April but it was not implemented till date. The agitators flayed the government policy of appointing teachers on contract and demanded for their regularisation.
Though Babbar and other teachers’ leader left Dharna Sthal in the evening, the agitated teachers continued their stir.
Around 8 pm when the delegation came after meeting an official of the education department, disappointed agitators once again came on the street and tried to disrupt the traffic movement, following which police applied canes.
In retaliation, the para teachers attacked the police and pelted stones.
Later, Babbar and others visited the hospitals to see the injured teachers. Doctors said that condition of two teachers was grim.