Terminated 10,323 teachers holding mass gathering in Agartala on Monday Credit: Facebook Image

Agartala: The Joint Movement Committee (JMC), a body formed by the terminated teachers on Monday, held a mass gathering in front of Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhawan to protest against the attack on teachers which more than 70 teachers injured on January 27.

Speaking with reporters, Dalia Das, a leader of the JMC, said the mass gathering was protesting against the inhumane and barbaric attack on the peaceful demonstration of terminated teachers on January 27.

“We received rubber bullets, tear gas, baton charge and water cannon instead of jobs after serving more than 10 years as teachers in the state. The teachers were booked on false charges, and are being harassed by the police,” Das said.

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On January 27, after the protest turned violent, a total of 87 people were injured while trying to stop the movement of terminated teachers. Among them, 70 are teachers and 17 police personnel. Out of those 17 police personnel, six are female police personnel.

Speaking further, Das said, “On the 52nd day after the ultimatum served to the government, we had decided to march and meet the chief minister, however, on that very morning the security forces broke inside the tents and thrashed the teachers from the spot,” Das said.

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She also said that the teachers’ belongings, including food grains and clothes, were taken away by the police.

The JMC leader also alleged that the ruling BJP MLA, who is also a doctor, tried to stop doctors from providing teachers with better health facilities.

“This was at the instruction of the state government. The teachers were injured, including women teachers namely— Rinku Sarkar, Hira, Mitali, Payal, Sandharam Debbarma and others who are still under treatment.

Our demands for reappointment as government employees and jobs under the die-in harness scheme for the 86 victim families will continue and the next course of action would be decided shortly,” Das added.

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