A day after the police action against the protesting members of the Haryana Guest Teachers Association (HGTA), minister of state for transport Karan Dev Kamboj faced stiff opposition by teachers at Indri subdivision in the district.
As a mark of protest, the minister was shown black flags as scores of guest teachers who gheraoed him on Monday afternoon. HGTA activists also protested against Gharaunda legislator Harvinder Kalyan.
Kamboj, the first time legislator, was in Indri to distribute bicycles to students of a government school when a number of guest teachers, including women, barged into the school premises and disrupted the official function.
Slogan- shouting teachers protested the arrest of several of their colleagues in Karnal on Sunday. They also protested against the removal of 4,073 teachers, termed as surplus by the state government in an affidavit submitted in the Punjab and Haryana high court, from the protest site in Karnal.
Though a large number of police personnel were deployed at the function, the protesters kept on shouting slogans against the minister for long.
Keeping in view the anguish of the unrelenting protesters, the minister invited them for talks.
HGTA leader Jarnail Singh said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership was trying to crush the legitimate voice of 15,000 guest teachers by the use of force.
He accused the BJP leaders of backtracking on their pre-poll promise of regularising all guest teachers. He said that on Sunday the peaceful demonstrators were subjected to humiliation as the police beat them up.
However, the minister assured them to take up the matter of regularisation of teachers with the authorities concerned.
Kamboj said that the police was forced to resort to mild action after a section of guest teachers turned violent.
“But the state government is sensitive to their demands. I will speak to the education minister and the chief minister to find a way out to protect the jobs of 15,000 guest teachers. The government will act accordingly while ensuring complete execution of the high court’s order on appointment of regular teachers in a transparent manner,” the minster told reporters in Indri.
CM’S EFFIGY BURNT IN AMBALA
AMBALA: Amid shouting of slogans, hundreds of guest teachers on Monday burnt an effigy of chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar at Agarsain Chowk here.
They were demanding the regularisation of their jobs and warding off the decision of termination of their services.
Condemning the lathicharge on protesting guest teachers at Karnal on Sunday, HGTA district president Shashi Bhushan said before the assembly elections, the BJP had promised the regularisation of their jobs and the party had now had backtracked.
He said that it was the question of livelihood of over 20,000 families while adding that if their demands were not met, the agitation would be intensified across the state.
HGTA chief among 44 sent to jail for 14 days
KARNAL: As many as 44 members of Haryana Guest Teachers Association (HGTA), including its president Rajinder Sharma Shastri, were remanded in judicial custody for 14 days by a local court on Monday.
They all were arrested on Sunday evening while attempting to gherao the canal rest house, the camp office of chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
A large number of HGTA members clashed with the police as protesting teachers entered the zone prohibited for any protest march.
Several persons from the both sides reportedly sustained injuries after the incident of the stone pelting. The police had also resorted to baton charging and water cannons against the teachers including, women.
HGTA president Shastri and others were arrested by the police for attacking the police and causing violence in the town.
As the detainees were brought at the Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College for medical examination, Shastri told reporters that the HGTA would continue its agitation for safeguarding their employment.
He claimed support of various associations of the government employees who would give a “befitting reply to the Haryana government’s anti-worker attitude”.