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Old 02-Apr-2011
20 teachers booked, seek anticipatory bail

Amritsar April 2:

The trouble between the management and teachers of Khalsa College refuses to die down. The management has got as many as 20 teachers booked for “trespassing” on the official residential premises of the principals of Khalsa College Society-run institutions, raising slogans and using offensive language.

The teachers have hired an advocate and submitted a joint application to the Sessions Judge for seeking anticipatory bail. Following the complaint submitted by Dr Daljit Singh, Principal of Khalsa College, and Jaswinder Singh Dhillon, Principal of Khalsa College of Education, a case under various sections of the IPC has been registered with the police station cantonment against Prof SS Rangi, Prof Daljit Singh (physical education), Prof Avtar Singh (commerce), Prof Malkinder Singh (English), Prof Parminder Singh (Punjabi), Prof Gurdev Singh (agriculture), Prof Gurdev Singh, Prof Sukhbir Singh (Punjabi), Manjit Singh (steno), HS Walia, secretary of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union and 11 others. The ASI, Rajinder Singh of Mahal police post, Amritsar, has been assigned the duty to investigate into the matter.

Dr Daljit Singh said that he along with his counterpart of Khalsa College of Education had submitted a complaint with the police regarding the ruckus created by the teachers in their residential premises, located on the college campus, on March 16 and 17 and sought that they be booked under the law. “They prevented me from entering my office in the college on March 16 and used vulgar language against me personally. The next day, at about 10.45 am, a teachers’ mob gained forceful entry into our residential complex. That’s why we submitted a written complaint along with a CD,” said Dr Daljit Singh.

Rejecting all allegations, the teachers maintained that the case was registered on a false complaint as they did not enter the residences as alleged by the principals. “We have submitted an application for bail, the hearing of which will be tomorrow. Besides, we have also requested the Commissioner of Police to enquire into the whole episode afresh on the basis of which cases have been registered against us,” he said. Meanwhile, showing solidarity with the struggling teachers, the leaders of the panthic groups, Dal Khalsa, Khalsa Action Committee, SAD (Panch Pardhani), Sikh Youth of Punjab and Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat, termed it as an act committed out of frustration by the management.

Meanwhile, taking cognisance of the cases registered against the teachers on frivolous complaints and issuing house vacation notices to certain teachers, the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) today announced to take harsh decisions in the coming days. While demanding intervention of the CM to counter the “dictatorial” attitude of the management, Secretary, PCCTU HS Walia said the actions taken by the management were provocative enough to force the PCCTU to give a call to the whole teaching fraternity to boycott the ongoing graduate and undergraduate examinations.

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