On Tuesday, in a major security breach, five para teachers, who were demanding a pay hike, jumped into Tolly’s Nullah and waded towards chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s Kalighat residence.
Police commissioner Soumen Mitra rushed to the spot and had arrested all the five-woman, who is later released on bail.
According to the information, the para teachers from schools and unrecognized madrassas were demanding a pay-hike which they had claimed earlier. But it is still pending for the past seven years.
After this incident had occurred, the CP, along with the joint commissioner, Murlidhar Sharma assessed the security. Police have informed that approximately at 10:10 AM, two groups of para teachers gathered near the Alipore correctional home and the Alipore post office.
A police officer said, “One group waded across Tolly’s Nullah, holding onto one another. The placards, concealed in their clothing, were then brought out."
Approximately at 10.20 am, police were seen requesting the female protester, Runu Dutta from Burdwan to come out of water.
Before being whisked away by the police, Runu Dutta said, “It has been seven years that I am not getting any increment. I am the lone breadwinner of my family and have two children."
An office-bearer of the Parshwa Shikshak Ekta Mancha the forum of contractual teachers, however, said, “No one from our organization was involved.”
Education minister Partha Chatterjee said, “Continuous demonstrations will not help. A solution needs to be worked out. I had gone to their demonstration on Rani Rashmoni Road to listen to their grievances. We are discussing all possible means.”