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23 Injured In Clash Between Protesting Teachers & Police In Haryana

Mumbai: Eight police personnel and at least 15 protesting vocational teachers were injured in a clash in Haryana’s Panchkula, according to police. The protesters were reportedly demanding better salaries and permanent jobs.

In Panchkula, hundreds of vocational teachers from across Haryana were demanding a pay hike and better pay. Police had to resort to lathi-charge and use of water cannons to disperse them as they tried to march towards Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s residence in Chandigarh. During the melee, eight cops, including five men and three women, were also injured.

Association state president Anoop Dhillon said: “We were going to gherao the CM’s residence in Chandigarh. We don’t know why they stopped us. When we started moving, police and paramilitary forces started lathi-charging and used a water cannon.”

Dhillon claimed that the injured protesters are undergoing treatment at the Sector 6 civil hospital and that around 15 of them are “seriously injured”. However, the police claimed that apart from eight policemen, only 15 protesters were injured.

ACP Vijay Kumar Nehra said: “The District Magistrate and Tehsildar asked the protesters to present their representations, but they did not agree and wanted to enter Chandigarh. They were warned, after which a water cannon was used. Despite this, they tried to break the barricades, after which they were lightly lathi-charged to disperse them.”

In neighbouring Mohali district, commuters faced trouble for nearly four hours as members of ETT-TET qualified unemployed teachers’ union blocked the national highway near Desumajra in Kharar.

Haryana Bhartiya Kisan Union leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni also joined the protesters. Police diverted the traffic as long snarl-ups were witnessed at various junctions on the busy Airport Road. The two teachers’ unions are protesting for the past many days demanding job regularisation and appointments.

(With Agency Inputs)

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