The traffic on the ever-busy Mathura Road (NH 2) remained suspended for some time at Faridabad as agitating parents staged a massive protest dharna against the fee hike by private schools. Sensing trouble, the district authorities, including Additional Deputy Commissioner, Faridabad, and a huge contingent of police rushed to the spot.
The parents gathered at BK Chowk in the morning, headed towards the National Highway and staged a protest demonstration near Ajronda chowk. The procession, held under the banner of the Faridabad wing of the Abibavak Ekta Manch, torched effigies symbolising the Haryana government, the "Education mafia" and district administration.
The impact of the dharna was such that the district administration had to rush its additional deputy commissioner, V.K. Hooda, to the spot, to take the memorandum from the processionists. Normally, the processionists used to handover the memorandum to the ADC at his Sector 12 office.
The dharna, which lasted for 45 minutes, had such a ripple effect on traffic that it took hours for the resumption of smooth transport on the highway.
"We will intensify the agitation if the state government continues with its dilly-dallying attitude towards the miseries of the parents whose wards study in private educational institutions," said Kailash Sharma, Secretary of Haryana state unit of Abibavak Ekta Manch.
It may be mentioned parents had warned that a massive protest demonstration will be organised on April 13 and the deputy commissioner Brijendra Singh had asked the school managements to submit the relevant documents by today.
"The school managements could not submit the details of the expenditure and income today as Monday was a holiday," said VS Hooda, ADC Faridabad, confirming that he himself rushed to the dharna site where the aggrieved parents handed him over memorandum.