New Delhi/Patna: Thousands of agitating teachers on contract with the Bihar government have called for Bihar bandh on Thursday. The entire opposition parties, including RJD, Congress, CPI and LJP, have joined hands to make the bandh call a success.

About 2.5 lakh contractual teachers in Bihar have been protesting, seeking pay at par with regular teachers. Last year, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, unhappy with the protests, had declared that demands by contractual teachers for parity of salary with government teachers would not be met.

On Tuesday, agitated teachers staged protests against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar across the state. The peaceful protest took a serious turn after the police resorted to lathicharge against them outside the Bihar Assembly. The police had also used water cannons and tear gas shells to disperse the crowd. Protesting teachers have threatened to strike work and boycott the upcoming matriculation exam.

The protesting teachers had been demanding that their jobs should be made permanent and they should get equal pay for equal work.

Taking suo motu cognisance of media reports of police brutality on protesters, the Supreme Court had on Wednesday sought explanation from the state government on the conduct of police personnel by Monday.

(JPN/Agencies)

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