Schoolteachers baton-charged in Lucknow on Teachers' Day

     At least 12 primary schoolteachers suffered injuries during a demonstration to demand confirmation of their jobs and increments on Teachers' Day. The teachers alleged they were staging a peaceful protest when the police, for no fault of their own, baton-charged them. "The teachers had staged a peaceful protest. During the demonstration, the police baton-charged the teachers on the orders Chief Minister Mayawati. This is the gift to all the teachers on the occasion of Teachers' Day," said Suraj Yadav, a teacher. Meanwhile, the police said they had to use force to disperse the protestors after they blocked the road. "Today, in front of Vidhan Sabha (Legislative Assembly) teachers had staged a sit-in protest. Some people tried to block the road. They were requested to clear the road. Stones were pelted in which our ADM (Additional District Magistrate) and SP (Superintendent of Police) city and others have been injured. They were chased away by the police," said R N Dwivedi, police circle officer. The police further claimed that no one was seriously injured in the incident.

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