Friday, February 3, 2023

Cops Use Batons, Tear Gas On Protesters In Tripura

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In the demand of reinstating their jobs, around thousands of protesters were going towards the Legislative assembly for mass deputation.

Around 30 teachers were injured in Agartala during the protest which was held on Monday. The police cracked down on the angry teachers with batons, water cannons, and tear gas shells for stopping them from continuing to protest.

Around thousands of protesters gathered at the Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhavan in Agartala and started their rally for mass deputation to put forward their demand to be reinstated.  The high court terminated 10,323 teachers due to flawed recruitment proves in 2014.

The protesters were not aware of the Barricades to stop their rally, they tried to breach the police and protesters. This led to the police showering water cannons and tear gas shells at the protesting teachers. The police also started lathi charging which made many of the protesters injured.

The police claimed that the protesters continued pushing the barricades and as a result, the police were forced to use water cannons, tear gas shells, and lathi charges against the protesters. The injured protesters are sent to GBP hospital. The official said that around 300 protesters were detained till the afternoon.

The Former leader of the Opposition and CPI(M) leader Manik Sarkar addressed the police actions for teachers’ protest as a “misuse of power”. He said “I was unaware that 10,323 teachers were about to hold VIdhansabha Abhiyan today. Many of them sustained injuries in attacks from the police when the latter resorted to lathi charges, and used water cannons and tear gas on them. Around, 30-32 of them were injured and three are hospitalized. This is a misuse of power.”

According to sources, Tripura education minister Ratan Lal Nath also stated that the Saha instructed the District minister to give an appointment to the retrenched teachers on 27 or 28 September.

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