Tower protest in Chandigarh: Jobless teachers threaten self-immolation | punjab$most-popular | Hindustan Times
Today in New Delhi, India
Oct 19, 2017-Thursday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

Tower protest in Chandigarh: Jobless teachers threaten self-immolation

The two unemployed men continue to protest for the third day atop the 100-feet telecom tower close to Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s official residence in Chandigarh. Carrying a bottle of petrol, the two threaten to end their life if not provided job letters from the state government.

punjab Updated: Nov 06, 2016 00:07 IST
HT Correspondent
The protesting duo braved two cold nights with 13 degrees Celsius.
The protesting duo braved two cold nights with 13 degrees Celsius.(HT Photo)

The two unemployed men continue to protest for the third day atop the 100-feet telecom tower close to Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s official residence in Chandigarh. Carrying a bottle of petrol, the two threaten to end their life if not provided job letters from the state government.

Perched atop a steel tower in sector 3 since the wee hours of Thursday, the protesting duo have braved two cold nights with 13 degree Celsius.

As the two are not giving any signs to come down the Chandigarh and Punjab Police are guarding the area. Two fire tenders and two ambulances have also been stationed in the area.

The Punjab government has also not sent any education department or other functionary to persuade the protestors to come down.

Also read | Punjab CM’s turf is top protest site for jobless teachers

Both have passed the Elementary Teacher Training (ETT) and Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) and are members of Unemployed Teachers’ Union of Punjab which has been demanding jobs.

The duo Deepak and Rakesh are carrying dry fruit, biscuits and other stuff for munching.

This is not the first time they are protesting on a mobile tower, they have previous record of protesting on a water tank and mobile tower in Punjab for consecutive four days.

The telecom employees working near the area said the tower is about 120 feet high and the point where the duo had parked themselves was about 100 feet from the ground.