Bhubaneswar: The Twin City Commissionerate Police resorted to lathi charge today to disperse agitating Sikshya Sahayak aspirants at Lower PMG in Bhubaneswar allegedly after the aspirants started pelting stones at police.
According to the police, over 25,000 unemployed B. Ed pass outs and Certificate in Teaching (CT) holders were staging protest at the Lower PMG under the aegis of Sikshya Sahayak Ashayi Sangha Odisha demanding employment as Sikshya Sahayaks.
However, the situation went out of control in the evening when a delegation of the sangha had gone to meet the School and Mass Education (S&ME) Minister Badri Narayan Patra to discuss their demands when the agitating Sikshya Sahayak aspirants started pelting stones at police, the police said.
The Inspector-In-Charge of Capital Police Station and a few other khaki personnel were injured in the scuffle and stone pelting. Over 20 agitating aspirants have been arrested by the police.
“When their leaders had been called for a discussion, the agitating aspirants turned violent and started pelting stones on the police personnel on duty in which the Capital Police Station IIC was injured along with a few other security forces,” said Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrata Bhoi.
Talking about the development, School and Mass Education Minister Badri Narayan Patra said that there is a delay in employment of the Sikshya Sahayaks as the matter is sub-judice in Orissa High Court. “The demands of the association will be considered after a reapplication,” he added.
Notably, the aspirants have been agitating since long demanding employment as Sikshya Sahayaks as per a notification of the School And Mass Education Ministry on December 26, 2016.