Police foils teachers’ march, several protesters injured

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Aug 22: A number of Rehbar -e -Taleem teachers were injured in Police action today at City center Srinagar as the authorities foiled the protest demonstration of teachers demanding 7th Pay Commission benefits and delinking of salaries from MHRD to State head.
A large number of teachers from different districts of the State had marched towards the capital city on the call of Jammu and Kashmir Rehbar e Taleem Teachers Forum (JKReTTF) and law enforcement agencies foiled their attempt to assemble at Pratap Park Srinagar to offer Eid prayers as a mark of protest against denying of 7th PC benefits.
According to media spokesperson of JKReTTF, Police used indiscriminate force to scuttle the protest programme. He claimed that nearly two thousand teachers including JKReTTF Chairman Farooq Ahmad Tantray were huddled in police vehicles and taken to various police stations of the city.
The spokesperson also said that police fired indiscriminate tear smoke shells and sprayed pepper gas on teachers offering Eid Prayers in front of Directorate of School Education Kashmir. This led to commotion and many teachers were injured in police Lathicharge at Ghanta Ghar and Near Press Enclave.
The JKReTTF Chairman Farooq Ahmad Tantray, who along with others was briefly detained at Police Station Kothibag, termed the thrashing of teachers as the worst form of authoritative highhandedness and said that teaching community will not be bothered by these oppressive measures of authorities.
The other JKReTTF leadership,  who were arrested,  included Bhupinder Singh, Jahangir Alam Khan,  Zahoor uddin Baigh,  Mohammad Iqbal Bhat,  Syed Imtiyaz,  Khalil Khan,  Irshad Rahi, Javid Gul, Khalid Rafeeq Bhat, Bashir Ahmad Parray, Sheikh Intikhab, Bhat Yaqoob, Sheikh Parvaiz, Bahadur Singh, Ishaq Rasheed, Pritam Dhiman, Ravi Kumar and dozens of zonal representatives.
Meanwhile JKReTTF Executive decided to intensify their strike from 28th August 2018 in case State Government fails to address the 7th PC issue and delinking of SSA salaries.