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Release women teachers from jails: Jakhar to CM

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ferozepur, May 14, 2013
First Published: 21:54 IST(14/5/2013) | Last Updated: 21:56 IST(14/5/2013)

Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Sunil Jakhar has said the Punjab government was not concerned about children who are painfully waiting for release of their mothers arrested for seeking salary due for the past 13 months during a peaceful protest at Bathinda on May 1.

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In a release, Jakhar urged chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to order the release of 148 teachers, including 40 women, from Faridkot jail and immediately withdraw false cases registered against them.

He said it was shameful that the SAD leaders are demanding release of dreaded terrorists, who were convicted of triggering blasts and gunning down innocent people, on humanitarian grounds but had locked justice-seeking innocent CSS, RMSA and SSA teachers in the jails to muffle their voice.

Even when the Supreme Court and Punjab and Haryana high court had snubbed the Punjab government for atrocities on women in Tarn Taran, Patiala and Amritsar, there had been no change in its callous attitude.

Jakhar said the SAD brass and their ruling partner, the saffron party, had been shedding crocodile tears only while assuring that women would remain safe in Punjab.

The arrest of 40 women teachers, most of whom were married recently, is a blot on the face of the state government.

All teachers should be released immediately, cases against them be withdrawn, salary dues be released and they must be absorbed permanently in the education department, the CLP leader demanded.

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