The Bathinda police foiled a protest by education guarantee scheme (EGS), alternative innovative education (AIE) and special trainers (STR) teachers in Bathinda on Saturday, but the protesters climbed a water tank at Sewewala village in Faridkot district.
The teachers, who had gathered under the banner of Shaheed Kiranjit Kaur EGS, AIE and STR Teachers Union, had planned a state-level protest in Bathinda. But, many protesters were detained from the Children’s park in Bathinda.
With the police acting tough to foil their protest, several of the protesters gathered at Sewewala village in Faridkot district and climbed a water tank to register their protest. State president of the union Devinder Singh said that the police used force to quell their protest and detained many of them at Children’s park, near the bridge over Bathinda branch of Sirhind canal and near Multania railway over bridge in Bathinda.
These teachers were recruited after a protest by the union in February 2014 before the Lok Sabha polls in which a 14-month-old girl child had died of cold after the administration allegedly snatched the quilts of protesters during a chilly winter night. The protesters are demanding regularisation of their jobs.
Superintendent of police (city), Bathinda, Desraj said that about 20 of the protesters, who were detained, were let off after some time.