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Teachers to court arrest on Thursday

They have announced to court arrest in Barabanki on Thursday in protest against police atrocities on teachers, writes Masoodul Hasan.

india Updated: Nov 22, 2006 16:56 IST

The Teachers Group in Vidhan Parishad while staging walkout in the House on Wednesday announced to court arrest in Barabanki on Thursday in protest against police atrocities on teachers.

Raising the issue through an adjournment motion the group leader Om Prakash Sharma said the teachers of Jagdish Narain Inter College, Safdarganj, (Barabanki) who were protesting against laying of foundation of ITI at the college playground on November 21 were beaten up by chief development officer (CDO) at the police station. Sharma said the police inspector Safdarganj asked the agitating teachers to come to the police station where the CDO was already sitting. On seeing the teachers the CDO attacked two teachers Shridhar Dwividi and Kailash Narain. Sharma said resentment was brewing in the teaching community and he would lead court arrest in Barabanki on Thursday. Sharma said the police and administration machinery had lost mental balance and the officers were running amuck. Sharma said teachers would offer themselves to be beaten up by the police on Thursday.

He said stir from Barabanki was just beginning it would spread all over the state within a week. Panchanan Rai (teachers group) also blasted the government for terrorizing the teachers. The BJP and Congress members also joined Sharma in condemning the government on the issue. The leader of the House and family welfare minister Ahmad Hasan said he could not get the report from the Home department. However he assured the House to solve the problem. He said probe would also be conducted into the behaviour of the CDO. The chairman Chaudhury Sukhram Singh Yadav directed the minister to get the report immediately and discuss the issue within him on priority.

The teachers group also put the government on the mat over blocking the information to the House. Sharma said when the House was in session any policy decision should first be intimated to the House and not to the media. Raising the issue on point of order Panchanan Rai said he had sought information about the government move to curb Mafiosi activities in the contract business on November 10. But the government instead of giving the information to the House went to the Press, which was in violation of rules. Sharma said the government had adopted dictatorial behaviour, which had imperiled the rights of the House. However Ahmad Hasan said the government had full faith in the democratic institution and there was no intention of sidetracking it. Sharma said it was case of contempt of the House. The chairman however reserved ruling on the issue.


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