Stepping up their agitation demanding recruitment of unemployed elementary teachers training (ETT) and teacher’s eligibility test (TET) pass teachers, the protesting teachers blocked Bathinda-Badal village road and climbed atop a television tower of Doordarshan here on Sunday.
A group of the protesters who had been protesting atop a water-works tank in Jai Singh Wala village for past 145 days blocked the Bathinda-Badal village road at about 1pm which continued till evening amid presence of heavy police force.
Three women protesters also poured petrol on themselves with a motive to commit suicide but were prevented by fellow protesters. One of the protestor Paramjit Kaur from Patiala was admitted in a private hospital in Bathinda with skin problem after she poured petrol on herself and Monika was provided treatment on spot. The third woman, Harpreet Kaur, denied availing any medical help.
On the other hand, dodging the security guards at the Doordarshan centre here, four protesters entered the centre’s premises at about 4am and climbed atop the tower. The centre officials came to know about the development only after the protesters raised slogans in support of their demands after which, police were called. The protesters who climbed atop TV tower are Sandeep Kumar, Kamal Kumar, Jagdeep Singh and Aman.
Sanjeev Kumar, station engineer at Doordarshan centre said that four protesters entered the premises and climbed atop tower following which, administration was informed in this regard.
One of the union members who had climbed atop mobile phone tower in Badal village in Muktsar district on Wednesday continued his protest there. Five out of six protesters protesting on mobile-phone tower have already come down after developing health problems.
Amarjit Kamboj, state president of ETT, TET pass unemployed teachers’ union said that Bathinda administration had taken a delegation of union to meet chief minister Parkash Singh Badal in Mansa on Sunday but the talks haven’t been fruitful. The union is demanding recruitment of ETT, TET pass teachers on all 2,705 vacant posts in Punjab government schools.
Basant Garg, Bathinda deputy commissioner denied any such information and said he will check about the incident of protesting women pouring petrol on them.
Meanwhile, Suwidha Centre employees who had to face police lathicharge, teargas shells and water cannons while marching towards Badal village on demand of regularisation of their services on Friday, alleged that they are not being allowed to meet the arrested protesters in Muktsar jail.
Union member Tejinder Singh said that they were not allowed to meet their jailed members on Sunday as result of which, they raised slogans outside jail.