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Tower protest: 5 days on, 3 wannabe teachers come down from Sector-3 tower

punjab Updated: Nov 22, 2016 11:55 IST
HT Correspondent

Policemen pulling the protesters to a hydraulic ladder.(Keshav Singh/HT photo)

Five days after three aspiring teachers, including two women, from Punjab climbed a 120-foot mobile tower on the premises of a Sector-3 house, the UT police brought them down on Monday night on the condition that they will not be arrested.

The three were brought down with the help of a hydraulic ladder after over one-hour-long operation.

The three — Jatinder Kaur (23) and Harpreet Kaur (32) from Bathinda and Taran Aulakh (27) from Mansa district, who have done elementary teacher training (ETT) besides having cleared the state-level teacher eligibility test (TET) — were protesting against the Punjab government, seeking job assurance.

They had sneaked into the premises on November 17 morning. Kamal Thakur, a member of the teachers’ association the three are also members, said, “They came down on the assurance that the officials of the Punjab education department will meet us. The two who are still atop another tower will only come down after the demands are met with.”

One of the protesters, Taran Aulakh, said, “We did not climb the tower to harm anybody.”  The three were offered medical check-up but they went back home. Kamal claimed that one of the women protesters had got her leg injured while climbing the tower. DSP (central) Ram Gopal and area SHO Poonam Dilawri were present at the site. An ambulance, fire tender and a PCR vehicle were stationed there.