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Retrenched teachers stage massive stir in Tripura

Security personnel lathicharging agitating teachers in front of the Civil Secretariat in Agartala on Wednesday. – Photo: Correspondent
 AGARTALA, Sept 23 - More than 3,000 retrenched teachers and their family members had to face a baton charge by a police contingent posted in the North Gate area this morning when they were taking out a procession. The agitating teachers are seeking alternative employment after they lost their jobs. Several of them, including women, were injured in the lathicharge.

 The teachers who marched ahead despite the police intervention, were intercepted again in front of the Buddha Mandir and Gorkha Basti area en route to the Civil Secretariat.

A large number of police personnel and TSR jawans deployed there in anticipation of trouble, used water cannons on women teachers and beat up their male counterparts. Altogether 30 teachers were injured in the police action and had to be rushed to hospital. Except three who had to be hospitalised, all the other agitating teachers left the hospital after receiving first aid and returned to their sit-in site in front of the Civil Secretariat.

Rattled by the massive agitation, Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath later summoned a team of teachers for a meeting. Accordingly, a five-member team met the Education Minister in his office and submitted a three-point charter of demands including alternative employment as per the BJP’s vision document. Nath promised to arrange a meeting for them with Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb by next week.

The 10,323 discharged teachers have been trying to meet the Chief Minister since the Supreme Court’s rejection of their plea for alternative employment for the last one-and-a-half months.

Since the Chief Minister is in New Delhi, the meeting with him is expected to take place by next one week. After getting the assurance from the Education Minister, the retrenched teachers called off their agitation for the time being.

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