August 2, 2014 3:47:28 am
About 20 agitating computer teachers of Haryana were injured when the police used lathis to prevent them from marching to the office of the Directorate of School Education in Sector 5 on Friday.
Umesh Panchal, 25, a teacher from Rohtak, suffered injuries to his spinal cord, and was referred to Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, but doctors said his condition was all right.
The computer teachers, who have been supplied by private companies for teaching in schools, want that the Haryana government should absorb them in service. They have been holding demonstrations in the town and not attending schools since July 1. The government had outsourced the work of computer education in August 2013.
In the afternoon, about 100 of them gathered at the Sector 5 ground and decided to march to the DSE office about 1.5 km away.
Eyewitnesses said the police lathicharged the protesters when they tried to force their way through the barricading about half way down.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Adarshdeep Singh said, “The crowd strength was large, we had to stop them as a precautionary measure.
We listened to their demands and assured them that we will ask Education Department officials to meet them at the spot. But they were adamant on going to Sector 5.”
However, Shalu Kandel, one of the teachers, said, “We were unarmed, and were staging a peaceful protest. The police unnecessarily started a lathicharge and brutally attacked us. In spite of the presence of woman constables, male constables used force against the women protesters.”
DSP Rahul Sharma said that there was a designated area in Sector 5 for holding protests, but these people did not go there. “We have detained some of the teachers, and the situation is under control,” he added.
As a result of the protest and police action, traffic was disrupted for around four hours on the road dividing Sectors 5 and 6.
A press photographer suffered minor injuries in the police action, leading to a protest by the photographers who had gathered to cover the event.
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