Teachers’ Unions Lay Siege To DEOs’ Offices Across AP
Amaravathi: All the DEOs’ offices across the State were on Wednesday flooded with hundreds of teachers and reverberated with the protest slogans. Agitating teachers laid siege to DEOs’ offices in the district headquarters protesting against the rationalisation process and web counselling for transfers. The rationalisation of schools is intended to reduce the number of schools with lowest enrolments. Organised by FAPTO and JACTO, the joint action committees of teachers’ unions, the protesters prevented employees from entering of DEOs’ offices in all the district headquarters. The police arrested several leaders including MLCs Y.Srinuvasulu Reddy at Chittur, KS Lakshmana Rao in Guntur and UTF State Secretary P.Babu Reddy at Machilipatnam.
In Guntur, as many as 5000 teachers squatted in front of the Collectorate before the leaders were taken into police custody. In Visakhapatnam and Machilipatnam, police prevented hundreds of agitators from entering the DEO’s office. With teachers trying to cross the barricades in these towns, tension prevailed for a brief period. In Machilipatnam police resorted to a mild lathi-charge and arrested FAPTO chairman P.Babu Reddy along with 500 teachers.
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In Chittur teachers picketed the DEO’s office in the morning and later organised a Rasta Roko at MSR Circle. With traffic coming to a standstill, police arrested MLC Y.Srinuvasulu Reddy and STU State Secretary G.Mohan. Expressing anger at the police, the teachers protested in front of the II Town police station. The police later released them on personal bonds.
In Eluru police arrested about 40 teachers and a few NGO leaders who extended their support to the agitating teachers. Kakinada, in East Godavari, witnessed a huge procession by the teachers. In Vizianagaram, hundreds of teachers laid siege to the Collectorate preventing employees from entering the office. With jostling taking place when police tried to prevent the teachers from entering the Collectorate in whose premises DEO’s office located, Sub-Inspector of Police Dhanunjay was reported to have received a minor injury. Later teachers squatted in front of the DEO’s office and raised slogans against the government’s rationalisation process. DEO of Srikakulam A. Prabhakara Rao was prevented from entering his office in Srikakulam. Police had to divert the traffic in Ongole with 1500 teachers organising a dharna at DEO’s office. In Anantapuram teachers locked the DEOs office. Later, they submitted a memorandum pressing for their demands.