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ATAN flays police action, NSF firm over bogus teachers’ issue
Published on 11 Sep. 2010 12:58 AM IST
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Aggrieved Teachers Association of Nagaland (ATAN) has condemned the police action and SP Kohima R. Tetseo’s comments upon its “peaceful” protesting members at Kohima on Thursday.
ATAN executive members said it was staging a peaceful protest outside the New Secretariat Complex, Kohima expressing their resentment over the failure of the assurances made by the state chief minister.
Then at around 1.30 pm following slight down pour, ATAN said some of the teachers were tying the tent on tree branches and on a hired bus when suddenly, the SP Kohima rushed in to the peaceful protestors, objected their action and “manhandled” some of its members.
ATAN alleged that the SP threatened the teachers by using communal remarks, such as “Police forces and APO will come and bash up .... Local manu kaan kae anikina apuni kaan kae maribo....” ATAN said this flared up the situation and the peaceful agitation took an ugly turn when the police reinforcement came and started lathicharging, resorted to firing teargas and use of water cannon against its members irrespective of gender.
This resulted in serious injuries including women folk and children which was a gross violation of human rights, ATAN said. It claimed that utensils worth thousands of rupees and the windshield of the hired bus of the aggrieved teachers were damaged in the process.
ATAN outrightly condemned the “unruly behaviour” of the police personnel and SP Kohima for tarnishing the good image of the Angami Public Organisation (APO) by using communal remarks.
It may be recalled that ATAN’s agitation September 9 turned hostile when state police force and striking members clashed at civil secretariat.
NSF reiterates stand
Expressing serious concern over the “unfortunate incident” that occurred at the Secretariat Complex Kohima on Thursday between ATAN and the police, the NSF reiterated its stand that under no circumstances the case of those appointees with fake documents be considered even if the government takes steps to accommodate the grievances raised by the aggrieved teachers under the banner of ATAN.
NSF said it understood the grievances raised by those aggrieved teachers as an exception but, however, observed that their approach in addressing the matter should have been in a rational manner towards finding an amicable solution. The NSF maintained that the education department being the most important department concerning the students’ academic career should be efficiently managed with all competence.
The Federation reiterated that the case of those appointees through proper procedure with genuine documents should be meticulously examined and considered. It urged upon the state government to expedite the matter at the earliest and find out the best possible solution without any procrastination.
The Federation reiterated its stand against backdoor appointments especially in the recruitment of teachers. The NSF statement was jointly issued by its president Mutsikhoyo Yhobu and general secretary, O Wati Jamir.

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