Teachers and BKU leaders booked for 'Illegal' dharna

December 08, 2018 06:36 PM

The police have filed a challan in a local court against seven senior leaders of teachers’ unions and four BKU (Ugrahan) leaders, accusing them of “disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant.”

After a split in the Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha, an umbrella union of government schoolteachers, the protesters have been sitting on a dharna at Mehmadpur grain market on the outskirts of the city since December 2 without “written permission from the administration”.

The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA)-Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) Teachers’ Union and the Adarsh Model School Union were upset at the morcha’s decision to call off the strike on Saturday after an assurance by Education Minister OP Soni to review the decision of regularisation of service at a reduced salary of Rs 15,300. The district administration had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which said permission should be taken before holding any dharna or protest in Patiala, but the faction did not do the needful.

On December 2, the SSA/RMSA Teachers’ Union and the Adarsh Model School Union, along with the BKU (Ugrahan), had staged a dharna at Mehmadpur. Subsequently, an FIR was registered against SSA/RMSA Teachers’ Union president Didar Singh Mudki, Adarsh Model School Union president Amritpal Sidhu, BKU (Ugrahan) president Joginder Singh Ugrahan and other leaders.

Others named in the challan are BKU leaders Singara Singh, Jaswant Singh and Amrik Singh, teachers’ union leaders Rashem Singh, Amandeep Singh Dadahoor, Harjit Singh Jidda, Talwinder Singh and Deepak Kamboj, and Jall Supply Contract Union leader Varinder Singh Momi.

The challan was submitted in the court of Judicial Magistrate (first class) Rupa Dhaliwal. The next date in the case is December 21.

Meanwhile, the High Court today dismissed the application by agitating teachers’ unions to permit them to continue the dharna here.

“We presented the challan after registering a case as these leaders and other teachers continue to hold a dharna in violation of the High Court order,” said SSP Mandeep Sidhu.

Union members said the dharna would continue till the government took steps to regularise the jobs of teachers at full pay scale.

Deputy Commissioner Kumar Amit said the union members, without giving an undertaking, applied for permission to hold “an indefinite dharna at the site” on December 3. “The High Court order stated that permission, along with an undertaking, has to be taken every day from the administration. As the union leaders failed to do so, nod was denied,” he said.

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