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After poll lull, fee hike storms in

With Lok Sabha elections over, the fee hike controversy is back with a bang. A large number of parents participated in a protest rally held in Faridabad, reports Prabhu Razdan.

india Updated: May 19, 2009 00:36 IST
Prabhu Razdan

With Lok Sabha elections over, the fee hike controversy is back with a bang.

A large number of parents participated in a protest rally held in Faridabad on Monday.

When the agitation was at its peak, the district administration had ordered the suspension of fee hike till Parliamentary polls were over.

District Commissioner (DC) Brijendra Singh had taken the step to avoid any untoward incident during the elections.

Monday's demonstration —the biggest in recent months —was held to remind the district administration and private schools that the agitation was still alive and that the parents were in no mood to comply the hiked fee structure.

A large number of parents who had gathered under the banner of Faridabad Abibhavak Ekta Manch, a group of parents fighting against increase in school fees, organised the demonstration outside the mini-secretariat.

The Abibhavak Ekta Manch alleged that private schools had started harassing students after the elections were over.

The protesters marched towards the DC's office where a heavy posse of police personnel stopped them.

Sensing trouble, the policemen allowed the leaders to talk to Deputy Commissioner. The leaders handed over a memorandum to Singh and said they would intensify the stir if the demands were not met.

The Manch decided to stage a hunger strike outside the mini-secretariat from May 19.

“We will not let the greedy private schools make us suffer," Kailash Sharma, General Secretary of the manch said. “We will stop after the district administration rolls back the hike in fees.”