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Police cane and teargas agitating contract government teachers in Srinagar

India Blooms News Service | | 05 Aug 2015, 03:17 pm
Srinagar, Aug 5 (IBNS) The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday used baton and fired teargas cannisters to disperse agitating government contract teachers who were protesting against a proposal for holding fresh screening tests for them.

Reports said the contract teachers, few thousand in strength, were demonstrating in the city's Lal Chowk area.

But the trouble started when they started marching towards the state secretariat prompting police to use force. Police first used coloured water and then teargassed the crowd. 

The Jammu and Kashmir government said it was following a high court order to screen the teachers who obtained their degrees through distance mode. 

There are nearly 65,000 government teachers  in Jammu and Kashmir who are paid a consolidated monthly salary  for five years before they get regularized.