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Bathinda teachers complain against SHO on helpline 181

punjab Updated: Feb 05, 2014 21:44 IST

Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS) teachers have lodged a complaint at the State women police helpline number 181 against station house officer (SHO) Mahesh for allegedly using abusive language against them and slapping some of them.

The EGS teachers also protested against the state government, demanding regularisation and climbed atop the water tank on Saturday early morning in the Gol Diggi market of the city.

On Friday, police had detained more than 150 teachers, who were later released at around 11 pm.

The arrested girls were allegedly slapped and boys were allegedly forced to remove their turbans inside the jail. HT spoke to people who described dreadful few hours in the jail.

Komal from Ajnala, who alleges that she was slapped, said, "The SHO Mahesh slapped and and hurled expletives at me. How can he slap or abuse us. When lady constables were there, why he was trying to hold or load us in buses. In the jail, we were also pulled by our hair."

He claimed that men were asked to remove their turbans. Tarsem Singh from Mansa said, "I was forced to remove the turban. We were not criminals. It is hard to believe the treatment we were meted out."

"The ruling party has always condemned other countries on cruel behavior shown to any turbaned male but when it happened with their own
countrymen, no one is supporting us."

Seema Rani, a protester from Kotkapura, said, "We were protesting on January 15 at the Barnala T-point, where we were lathicharged by police and they pushed me so hard that knee got slipped from its place. DSP, Harpal singh was also present there; I wonder that why we can't speak for our rights. We were beaten like animals, is this democracy."

Another protestor, Kiranjeet Kaur, alleged that her 8-month daughter had caught a cold due to the protest and the indifferent attitude of the police. When contacted, SHO Mahesh said: "I am being framed. They were blocking traffic and I tried to stop them. That is all."