Protesting teachers caned by police

PESHAWAR, March 26: At least seven persons received injuries as police resorted to baton charge teachers of Institute of Business and Management Sciences of Agricultural University when they tried to stage a protest demonstration outside Governor`s House here on Saturday.

Police also fired shells of teargas at the protesting teachers to disperse them. The protesters staged a sit-in on the main Sher Shah Suri Road, resulting in disruption of traffic for at least one hour.

The teachers were protesting against the management of Agricultural University for not regularising their services and increasing their salaries. They also demanded a smooth and transparent process of promotion. The teachers were chanting vociferous slogans against management of university.

“We wanted to a present a memorandum to the governor about disbursement and 55 per cent increase in our salaries and process of promotion but police didn`t allow us and charged us with batons,” Mohammad Ameen, spokesperson of protesting teachers, told journalists.

Some of the teachers, both male and female, received injuries in the baton charge. They were shifted to hospital for first aid. The injured teachers were identified as Saima Jawad, Ghazala, Zulfiqar Anjum, Mohammad Ameen, Tahir Nawaz, Kaleemullah and Wilayat Shah.

Mr Ameen said that teachers were trying to hold a peaceful demonstration for acceptance of their demands but police resorted to baton charge them.

He said that they had done nothing wrong. “We are only raising voice for our rights,” he added.

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