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Tripura Teachers' job fiasco: Petitioners want security

AGARTALA: Job seekers, who had approached the Tripura high court to challenge the state government's teacher recruitment procedure, demanded police protection on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, the high court had cancelled the service agreements of 10,323 teachers after deprived job aspirants filed a case against the state government. The petitioners alleged they were being threatened by teachers whose contracts had been terminated by the high court.

A three-member delegation met DGP C Balasubramaniam on Tuesday and demanded security on behalf of the petitioners. The delegation said there have been reports of three attacks on petitioners in south and west Tripura in the last two weeks.

"The DGP has said he will look into the matter and take appropriate action," said Indu Bhusan Goyala, one of the petitioners who claimed to have received threats. He said the petitioners had challenged the employment policy of the Tripura government, adding that there had been large-scale corruption in the appointment of postgraduate and undergraduate teachers since 2010. While only a few had initially filed cases against the state, the number of petitioners had increased in the last four years. A total of 76 cases had been registered by the high court.

After the high court passed its verdict, a section of the affected teachers had attacked the petitioners in several places of the state over the last two weeks, damaging their house and property, said Goyala. "We are being threatened openly. They are saying that the 10,323 teachers lost their jobs because of us," he added.

Both Congress and BJP have urged chief minister Manik Sarkar to take appropriate action against the accused and ensure security for the petitioners.