A government school teacher died after police lathicharge during a protest march in Hazratganj area in Lucknow on Wednesday organised by state employees demanding revival of the pension system .
Ramashish Singh (35) who belonged to Hata area in Kushinagar district, was a teacher at a government school in the district. While the teachers’ association alleged the police lathicharged the protesters causing Ramashish’s death and injuries two others, SSP Lucknow Manzil Saini denied it. Saini the body bore no injury marks.
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All Teachers Employees Welfare Association, Uttar Pradesh (ATEWA) media-incharge, Rajesh Yadav said, “Government employees from different parts of the state assembled at Laxman Mela ground Wednesday morning. We started marching towards Vidhan Sabha. As we reached near Government Post Office in Hazratganj area, officials assured us to arrange our meeting with the chief secretary regarding our demands.”
“Following this, we started returning to Laxman Mela ground. We had reached Shakti Bhawan building when the police force following us suddenly lathicharged us. Ramashish, who fell unconscious on the ground, was rushed to the hospital where doctors declared him dead,” said Yadav.
They then protested at Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Hospital in Hazratganj where teacher’s body was kept. Senior officials, including Lucknow district magistrate Satyendra Singh and SSP Manzil Saini, tried to pacify the agitators who did not allow the body to be taken for autopsy.
The state government has announced a financial help of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the deceased and also a government job to an immediate family member.
A magisterial inquiry too has been ordered into the death of the teacher.
Later in the evening, Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar held a meeting with the office bearers of ATEWA, Uttar Pradesh. Later, a committee under Principal Secretary, Finance was formed to look into the demands of the protesters. ATEWA representatives too were included in the committee, confirmed a statement issued from Chief Secretary office.