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STGT aspirants protest in front of EM’s resident; Police resorts lathi-charge, 47 injured; Opposition condemned


By TC News Desk

Agartala, December 12, 2022: The job aspirants of STGT gheraoed the residence of Education minister Ratanlal Nath here on Monday. They held a peaceful protest and demanded to recruit all at one go. But the police resorted to lathi-charge leaving 47 injured and undergoing treatment at IGM Hospital here.

The Opposition parties comprising of CPIM, Congress and Trinamool Congress condemned the brutal torture of police on the job aspirants.

The candidates protested in front of the Education Minister’s residence on this day demanding the appointment of all those who passed the STGT in 2022 together. At one point they started protesting by sitting on the road. Traffic stopped. They have been going door to door for the last three months at the house of Finance Minister and Education Minister with the same demand. They are being ignored. Not being addressed. Every school has shortage of class IX and X teachers. But STGT is not recruiting. They announced that they will continue their protest until their demands are met. Then the education minister got stuck in his residence due to the protest. Later, the situation became more heated when the police tried to remove the protesters who were sitting on the streets on the orders of the minister. Then the police decided to arrest them. And during this period, when the minister came out of the residence, the youths started the protest. Then Education Minister and Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath threatened the police and said that they could not go in for deputation and say anything, why were they sent! Seeing the minister’s loss of temper, the police officers panicked.

 At last they began to charge violently with sticks to remove them from the road. Many young men and women were seriously injured when they fell on the side of the road. Even pregnant women and young people with kidney disease were not spared. Pregnant woman allegedly beaten by CRPF. Many young men and women were arrested by the police. In the end, the common people extended their hand to help the injured and sent to hospital. 47 people were seriously injured by police batons.

Meanwhile, CPIM state secretary Jitendra Chowdhury went to the hospital and inquired about the physical condition of the injured. Talk to doctors and health workers. He said that the District Magistrate could not have come and brought the situation under control. There was no need to inhumanely attack them with the police. So this government is nothing but barbaric, inhumane and inhumane.

Congress MLA Sudip Roy Barman also took a jibe at the state government and said, “According to an RTI reply 5,000 posts for graduate teachers are vacant in the school education department. They turned up to raise their demand. Neither they indulge in stone pelting or try to create obstruction in the vehicular movement of the area. The police must answer what prompted them to open Lathi charge”.

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