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Police-ATAN clash in Kohima

ATAN members demonstrate outside New Secretariat complex, Kohima on Thursday. (NP)
Correspondent/Staff Reporter KOHIMA/DIMAPUR, SEPT 9 (NPN):
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Published on 10 Sep. 2010 12:43 AM IST
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State capital witnessed an odd drama Thursday when state police resorted to use teargas and lathicharge the striking members of aggrieved teachers’ association of Nagaland (ATAN), after the demonstrators resorted to violent means by throwing stones and empty bottles, when their demands were not met, at the civil secretariat.
The episode began when striking ATAN representatives, who emerged after a meeting with state government representatives, school education commissioner & secretary Mhathung Kithan at New Secretariat, regrouped the already dispersed members and disclosed the outcome of their meeting, saying the government had flatly refused to budge to its demand for accommodating all “educationally qualified” teachers, whose appointments were found to be bogus by the state SIT.
The ATAN, in its four-point memorandum, demanded that all qualified aggrieved teachers be allowed to continue in their service as per the assurance provided by state chief minister April 9 last and June 3, that educationally qualified would be accommodated. The situation cooled down when state force reformed their strategy and called for more reinforcement.
Both the DC and SP Kohima, along with magistrates, arrived with more reinforcement and dispersed the agitating teachers at around 3:30 p.m.
In the process of confrontation, several police personnel as well as the demonstrators suffered minor injuries, though there was no report of any serious injuries or arrests.
However, the administration issued 30-minute deadline to agitating teachers to leave the place or face arrest. “We’ve nothing to confront them and we’ve given them enough justification and time not to go for violent means, but they’ve even tried to stripped me off my rank”, SP Kohima R Tetseo said.
Meanwhile, ATAN member reportedly regrouped at HS junction but MLA Azheto Zhimomi intervened and pleaded for them to call off their stir. ATAN has convened a meeting at DEO Dimapur office September 11.
Informing this, ATAN president Yetoho Sumi reiterated that chief minister Neiphiu Rio had assured ATAN at his residence in the presence of chief secretary that those of its members who were educationally qualified would be accommodated, apart from those who had forged their documents.
Alleging that SP Kohima had made unacceptable tribal remarks, the ATAN sought clarification on his remarks.
Further, he alleged that IRB jawans destroyed the bus in which the ATAN members had arrived.
Stating that its agitation had been temporarily deferred, he said association would decide future course of action if chief minister and chief secretary failed to fulfill their earlier assurances.
Azheto on CS statement
Contradicting the statement of state chief secretary Lalthara, who had earlier stated that more than 300 names have been cleared and around 400 names had to be terminated, the MLA & advisor for sericulture and cooperation Azheto Thursday said only 84 teachers have been terminated till date for furnishing fake certificates. “The cabinet did not pass any such resolutions for mass termination of teachers and I got the information from commissioner and secretary education department,” he said.
Maintaining that those qualified would be inducted, Azheto urged aggrieved teachers to be patient and cooperate with the government till the entire process got over.
ANAATA ultimatum
All Nagaland Aggrieved Adhoc Teachers’ Association (ANAATA) today served a 60-day ultimatum to the state government to rectify and examine the findings of the association, failing which it would resort to “further steps”.
In a representation submitted to state school education commissioner & secretary Thursday, the ANAATA asked the committee, constituted by the department to examine findings of the association, to decide the matters accordingly.
The association also said that post creation order conveyed to the department by the government could not be traced or had unavailable records in the department as well as in civil secretariat. ANAATA pointed out that legality of “unrecognized” university such as Bhartiya Shiksha Parishad be examined, adding its concerned members were “genuinely qualified” and were unaware of such recognition by COBSE.
Meanwhile, cabinet meeting Sept 7 discussed the action report of school education on SIT investigation report and decided that department expedite proposed actions for clearing the names of some teachers for release of pay as well as for termination of those teachers, who were “wrongfully or fraudulently” appointed.
The cabinet further directed education department to expedite appointment of teachers under SSA by following the norms and procedures prescribed.

 
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