Strike by polytechnic teachers turns violent

ROHTAK/AMBALA/ SIRSA: While dispersing the agitating teachers in Sirsa, two policemen were injured and cops resorted to lathi-charge. The students alleged misbehaviour by the police in Ambala during the strike call by the staff of government polytechnics across the state.

Contrary to the claims by government sources that the strike could not impact the examinations, the pupils alleged of being put on the receiving end. Cops arrested those in Ambala and Sonipat who had tried to stop the students entering examination halls.

“The third day was peaceful but administration provoked the agitators. What is wrong if we are asking for the implementation of the sixth pay commission?” teacher Sanjay Poonia in Sirsa asked.

In fact, the pupils too extended their support and they announced to boycott the exams; instead, the administration used force against us, Poonia said.

Demanding an early implementation of the sixth pay commission, the staffers had announced a day-long protest and had also decided on boycotting of the first semester examinations. Resenting police action, the students too joined the protesters and blocked the Sirsa-Rania road. Meanwhile, another police team headed by DSP Puran Chand and SDM Roshan lal rushed to the spot.

However, SDM Roshan Lal justified the action by the police as well as the administration. “We did not interfere. It was only after the teachers stopped the students from entering the examination rooms that we were forced to act tough,” said SDM.

In Ambala, the pupils alleged of being forced sit for the exam. It is learned that the polytechnic institutes had hired teachers from private colleges for conducting the examinations.

“This is a fight between government and teachers. Why are we made to suffer? We were just bundled into examination centres,” rued Harpreet, a student from Ambala.

In Sonipat, 27 teachers were arrested after they made a foiled attempt to stop students from entering the examination centres of the government polytechnics across the district.

Ambala district administration, however, denied any such incident.

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