Anganwadi workers booked for burning Captain Amarinder’s effigy
The workers and helpers from across the district were gathered outside the DAC to protest against the government’s decision to merge 800 primary schools with nearby ones.punjab Updated: Oct 27, 2017 16:25 IST
The police on Thursday booked 34 anganwadi workers, including nine by name, for violating prohibitory orders and staging a protest outside the district administration complex (DAC) in Tarn Taran on Wednesday.
The accused named are anganwadi workers’ union block president Sarabjit Kaur of Jamaslpur village, circle president of Goindwal Sahib Ranjit Kaur, Sarabjit Kaur and Kulwinder Kaur (both presidents of Khadoor Sahib unit), Rajwinder Kaur, president of Naushehra Pannuan block, Rajwant Kaur of Jaura village, Balbir Kaur of Sheron village, and Amarjit Kaur and Sarabjit Kaur, also of Naushehra Pannuan.
The workers and helpers from across the district were gathered outside the DAC to protest against the government’s decision to merge 800 primary schools with nearby ones, and the decision of starting pre-primary classes in these schools by merging anganwadi centres.
As per the first information report (FIR), sub-inspector (SI) Sonamdeep Kaur of Tarn Taran sadar police station was present in complex when the workers staged a dharna outside the complex. The women raised anti-government slogans, burnt an effigy of chief minister Captain Amrinder Singh and stopped traffic on the Amritsar-Harike National Highway, says the FIR.
The SI said the accused had disobeyed orders of the district magistrate.
“A case under sections 283 (danger or obstruction in public way or line of navigation), 341 (wrongful restraint), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 431 (mischief by injury to public road, bridge, river or channel), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against the accused, who are absconding,” she said.
‘We are losing jobs’
District president of the workers’ union, Beant Kaur said their intention on Wednesday was for a peaceful dharna inside the complex but police didn’t allow them to enter and they were forced to hold a sit-in on a thoroughfare.
She said, “No less than 54,000 anganwadi workers of the state are losing their jobs, and the administration is wresting our right to protest by lodging FIRs against us. This is undemocratic.”
On Thursday, the workers protested outside the residence of the local MLA, Dharambir Agnihotri, and took out a march in the city.