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Teacher held for attempting suicide at Azad maidan

While junior college teachers have withdrawn their boycott of HSC exams papers evaluation, the agitation by teachers from unaided schools took a dire turn when Khanderao Jagdalea, vice president of the Maharashtra State Unaided Schools Action Group, poured kerosene over himself and tried to set himself on fire during the teachers’ protest at Azad Maidan.

mumbai Updated: Mar 14, 2013 01:18 IST
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While junior college teachers have withdrawn their boycott of HSC exams papers evaluation, the agitation by teachers from unaided schools took a dire turn when Khanderao Jagdalea, vice president of the Maharashtra State Unaided Schools Action Group, poured kerosene over himself and tried to set himself on fire during the teachers’ protest at Azad Maidan.

Senior inspector of Azad Maidan said, “Jagdale was involved in instances of rasta-roko twice in the past and hence we are skeptical about releasing him on bail,” Dhole said.

Over 300 angry teachers from Maharashtra State Unaided Schools Action Group had gathered at Azad Maidan because their demands could not be raised at the state cabinet meeting which was cancelled.

Around 15 teachers poured kerosene over their bodies and threatened to set themselves on fire before police stopped them.

The teachers are protesting against a decision by the government to provide aid to only156 of the nearly 5000 unaided schools in the state.

Prashant Redij, a member of the group, said, “We have been making these demands for years. If the government can accept the demands made by junior college teachers, they should accept ours as well.”

Redji added. “School education minister Rajendra Darda misled us by making false promises. We had threatened self-immolation if the issue is not raised in Wednesday’s cabinet meeting.”

The agitating teachers said that even those schools that will be provided with government aid will have to reduce the number of teachers. Teachers in many of the schools have been working without pay for 10 years.

“We want a guarantee by the government that teachers working in schools till November 5, 2011, will not lose their jobs,” added Redij.