Senior Congresswoman Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s Women Focused “Lady hoon, lad sakti hoon (I’m a girl and can fight) “- The Uttar Pradesh campaign on Wednesday faced a challenge in a state run by her own party. Teachers including women demanding jobs in Punjab’s Sangrur were gagged, dragged and loaded into police jeeps , while protesting at Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s demonstration showed disturbing images: Qualified teachers unable to find jobs were gathered at the site to protest against the government, triggering the police action that turned into an exhibition of superiority.
Hundreds of B.Ed TET (teacher eligibility test) qualified teachers were heard shouting “Charanjit Channi murdabad“and” Punjab sarkar murdabad“at the meeting place of the Prime Minister’s meeting when the police tried to hold them back and put clothes on their mouths and gag them.
An officer was seen holding onto a female protester’s clothes as she tried to wriggle out, all the while shouting slogans against the congressional government. The woman is then seen inside a police bus along with several other protesters. She continues tirelessly with her slogan while a female officer tries to pull her back in and close the window. The bus then drives away with them.
#WATCH | Punjab police detain unemployed BEd TET (teacher eligibility test) qualified teachers protesting in CM Charanjit Singh Channi’s demonstration in Sangrur earlier today pic.twitter.com/vFc0g59iGl
– ANI (@ANI) December 14, 2021
Men protesting at the demonstration were chased by supporters of the prime minister, who held one of them in a stranglehold while trying to cover his mouth to prevent him from buh-starting with the government. He was then led away from the area. Behind him, other men went out with protesters who gagged them and held them by the neck. This while journalists and others are filming them. One of the men was run over on a truck and taken away.
In one of the cliffs, three officers were seen trying to pinch one of the men to the ground and kneel on his chest before dragging him away.
The footage finally shows Prime Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on stage ready for his speech. He was in Sangrur to lay the foundation stone for a factory “to nourish the industrial and employment sector”. “The clinker grinding unit will be set up at a cost of around 700 crore Rs and will provide employment opportunities to the youth of our state,” the Prime Minister later wrote on Twitter, sharing photos from the meeting.
This is not the first time that Punjab’s police efforts to protect Mr Channi from protesters have been criticized. In a bizarre dictation earlier this month, Punjab police had asked its officers to play hymns and religious songs in loudspeakers to ensure that protesters’ voices at functions attended by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi did not reach him. Massive criticism of this directive led the authorities to withdraw it on the grounds of “clerical error”.
Arvind Kejriwal, who is seeking to gain a foothold in the state in the upcoming election to the assembly, traveled to Mohali last month to reach out to unemployed teachers who have protested on top of an overlying water tank.
In the highest gear of the campaign, Arvind Kejriwal gave eight guarantees to the teachers and promised radical reforms in the state education sector if he was voted to power.