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Unemployed teachers continue protest; 100 detained

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bathinda, April 29, 2013
First Published: 20:02 IST(29/4/2013) | Last Updated: 20:03 IST(29/4/2013)

Unemployed Special Trainers Resources (STR) teachers are in no mood to relent. On Monday, the unemployed teachers scuffled with cops outside the mini-secretariat here. They blocked the gate of the mini-secretariat by staging a dharna against the Punjab government for the second day in a row. They want the administration authorities to fix their meeting with chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.

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On Sunday, a number of STR teachers were detained and released in evening. STR teachers again met at the Rose Garden on Sunday evening and decided to continue the protest on Monday. The unemployed teachers had converged  from different districts of the state and were putting up at different gurdwaras in the city.

The administration was taken by surprise on Monday when the unemployed teachers assembled outside the mini-secretariat and started raising slogans. Soon, police personnel reached the spot and tried to pacify them. When the protesters didn't relent, the police used forced and forcibly lifted them from the site.

“There are around 1,800 STR teachers in the state. Most of us have been working for last four years. This year Punjab government has decided against recruiting us. We want to meet the CM over the issue as he did not pay attention to our demand during the last meeting,” said Gursewak Singh, STR teachers' union leader, adding that they would not stop fighting until their demands were met.

 “We have decided to stage protests against the Punjab government across the state on daily basis. We have been rendered unemployed. We are not sit back home and fight till our demands are met.” He also termed police action as suppression of their democratic right to protest.

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