Thousands of shikshakarmis, their leaders detained

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Dec 2017 12:48:12

Staff Reporter,


Dec 02,

Government and administrative machineries have been pressed into operation to turn the ongoing State-wide strike by shikshakarmis futile. And as part it, the State Government has directed district administrations to detain shikshkarmis and their leaders in their respective districts, so that they are prevented from reaching Raipur where a mega rally of shikshakarmis was proposed. Despite foolproof arrangements, thousands of shikshakarmis reached Raipur and participated in the demonstration. Later, thousands of male teachers were detained after which their female counterparts took over and made the strike a huge success. Police had swung into action since Friday midnight by detaining district-level leaders of shikshakarmis immediately after the government issued the order. The administration also released the shikshakarmis after few hours. 

In the meantime, Raipur district Collector O P Choudhary had imposed Section 144 at the dharna venue in Raipur. In a communiqué to the Superintendent of Police, the district collector said that public will be affected if the rally reaches the dharna venue and therefore any kind of meeting, demonstration and procession should not be allowed within 200 metre diameter of the dharna venue. The District Collector asked for immediate implementation of the order. 

State level leader of the striking shikshakamris Virendra Dubey and Kedar Jain was also detained. According to him, shikshakarmis will not end their strike whatever action is taken by the government against them. “We were forced to choose this path (strike) by the government which remained stubborn on its decision,” said Dubey. 

Reports coming from Bemetara claimed that the police detained 11 shikshakarmis and their leaders on their way to Raipur to participate in a massive agitation on Saturday. The arrested shikshakarmis, including Rekha Lal Ghreetlahre, Rohit, Nirakar Pandey, Pawan Sahu, Pradeep, Vishal, Chain Singh, Omprakash Kurre, Rajendra, Mahadev Kaushak, Subhash Patre and Digvijay Singh, were put behind the bars at Gunarboard sub-jail. As many as 19 shikshakarmis were detained by the police in Koriya district.Similarly, shikshakarmis were prevented by the police and local administration on their way to Raipur at Morga, Bango, Urga. The shikshakarmis were detained for hours and later released. 

Virendra Pandey to move SC 

Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh Congress has come in the support of Shikshakarmis by announcing state bandh on December 5. Similarly, Former State Finance Commission Chairman Virendra Pandey criticized the current stand of the state government on Shikshakarmis. Terming the state government’s action as dictatorship which is an undeclared emergency in the state, Pandey said that he will move Supreme Court to give justice to the striking shikshakarmis.