Police foil ReTs’ secretariat march

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 6/29/2013 12:59:15 AM

SRINAGAR, June 28: Authorities today resorted to lathicharge and used coloured water to foil the protest march towards Civil Secretariat by Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) teachers.
Hundreds of the protesting employees including women were taken into custody alleged that they were beaten to pulp in the police stations. However, police rejected the allegations, saying no one was beaten up in the lock up.
According to eye witnesses, hundreds of Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers gathered near Khalsa School wherefrom they began March towards civil secretariat however they were intercepted by Police resulting in the ding dong battle between the Police and the protesting employees. The police reportedly used the coloured water to disperse them but later resorted to lathicharge which created panic among the employees.
Chairman of the Rehbar-e-Taleem forum Gazi Abdul Aziz told KNS that nearly 200 hundred ReT teachers managed to reach the front gate of the Civil Secretariat where according to him Police resorted to heavy baton charge resulting in the injuries to number of teachers.
“They bundled us in the police vehicles and then bashed us ruthlessly in the police stations. Many of the arrested teachers are badly injured and nobody is caring to provide them medical help,” Gazi said.
Police, however, rejected the allegations saying, no one was beaten up in the lock ups. “They created ruckus on the roads and blocked traffic which prompted us to take preventive measures,” SHO Shaheed Gunj Syed Shoukat said.
Gazi, in the meantime, said the forum has called for a one day strike in primary and middle schools on Saturday against what he said the highhandedness of the authorities to foil today’s protest.
“We have given a deadline up to August 15 to Government to solve our problems and if they failed we will be left with no other option other than to intensify our protest” said Gazi.
Meanwhile, the teachers who evaded arrest re assembled near Press enclave where they again staged the protest in the afternoon which was joined by the Awami Ittehad Party president and MLA Langate Engineer Rashid also.
The Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers Forum has been demanding inclusion of five years service for promotionary and seniority benefits, release of pending salary of SSA teachers, transfer policy for the regularised ReT’s, implementation of order No. 115 to solve NPS problem and reducing the qualifying service to 20 from 28.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani strongly condemned the police action on the protesting Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers and said that the government has left no space available for the peaceful protests in support of genuine demands in the state.
“They suppress the voices for genuine demands with lathis and power,” Geelani said, adding that Hurriyat Conference was strongly condemning the action against the teachers.
In the meantime, Deputy Chief Minster Tara Chand who is also holding the Education Portfolio asked police to release all the teachers from police stations later in the afternoon and has agreed to meet the representatives of the forum next week. The assurance from the Deputy CM has come during his meeting with Awami Ittehad Party chief and Independent MLA Engineer Rashid who had called upon him after joining the teachers in the protest.
“I met with Deputy Chief minister who has agreed to meet the forum leaders and discuss the issues on the table and he has also directed police to release all the teachers who were taken into custody during protest,” Engineer Rashid said.



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