Police burst teargas shells to disperse teachers, over 50 arrested

Feb 29: A day before the educational institutions will reopen in the Kashmir valley after winter vacations, hundreds of teachers today took to the streets, demanding removal of Director Education Shah Faesal.

However, security forces burst teargas shells and resorted to lathicharge to disperse the demonstrators who hit the busy Residency road before over 50 teachers, including president of the Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) president Abdul Qayoum Wani, were taken into preventive custody.

Hundreds of teachers from different parts of the Valley assembled at Mushtaq Press Enclave near here, raising slogans against the Director education, who has allegedly reopened the union office of teachers at Bemina.

Dr Shah has saidt the rooms belonging to educational department were never allotted to any union and had been forcibly occupied.

However, Mr Wani who was recently transferred to Tangmarg, his native village, alleged that the belongings of the union were stolen and records torched on the direction Dr Shah. Mr Wani has however, got his transferred stayed of a court.

Raising slogans against Dr Shah and government, the teachers, led by Mr Wani hit the Residency road, where the large number of security force and police personnel had been deployed.

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