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Teachers hurt in Tripura police lathicharge

By Correspondent

AGARTALA, March 17 - At least six teachers were injured when the police resorted to a lathicharge at Orient Chowmuhani where hundreds of ad hoc teachers were staging a demonstration, seeking regularisation of service.

As per a Supreme Court order, all the 10,323 ad hoc teachers, who were appointed in three phases, will be out of service from April 1.

As prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC have been clamped due to the coronavirus scare, the police dispersed a group of demonstrators late last evening. A large posse of policemen arrived at the demonstration site at Orient Chawmuhani and dispersed the protesting teachers.

Further police action followed this morning as the demonstrators gathered at Paradise Chawmuhani and started raising slogans. A large contingent of police force arrived on the spot and forcibly removed all the demonstrators.

A group of demonstrators, including the leader of the ad hoc teachers� body, Bimal Saha, were allegedly beaten in front of the West Agartala Police Station. The total number of injured persons in the police station is six, who have been admitted to the IGM Hospital. However, there are reports of other injured teachers being admitted to the GBP Hospital. More than 450 teachers have been arrested across the State.

Meanwhile, former Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee president Gopal Roy visited the IGM Hospital after receiving information about the admission of the injured teachers.

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