Patna: Police have removed agitating contractual school teachers from dharna site even as the protesters demanding pay parity with regular teachers on Saturday decided to go on mass leave for two days from Monday.

The fixed term teachers who decided to sit on dharna at R-Block after failure of talks with the state government late last evening were removed by the police later in the night.

Sources in the district police said the agitators were removed to ensure smooth flow of traffic at the place which is enroute to Patna junction. Leader of the protesting teachers Pradip Kumar Pappu alleged that police used force to disperse them.

The talks between state Education minister P K Shahi and school teachers appointed on contract ended without conclusion late Friday evening.

Over two lakh teachers on contract have been getting Rs 6,000 per month as honorarium.

Shahi had said last night that solution to such issue cannot be found in one day. He said further talks would be held with the contractual teachers later this month.

The agitating teachers had organised a rally in Patna in support of their demand on Friday. Opposition RJD is supporting the agitating teachers.

They have decided to protest against the state government including burning effigy of the CM on Sunday across the state.

The agitating teachers have staged violent protest against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in different parts of the state during his 'Adhikar Yatra'.

The Janata Dal (United) will put up a show of strength in adhikar rally being held in Patna on Sunday. All the JD (U) MLAs, MPs and ministers have been assigned to bring more number of crowds from their constituencies to the state capital.

The speculation is gaining momentum that if the popularity of the Chief Minister is on the wane. The opposition leaders in the state have the reasons to smile as RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav’s parivartan rallies witnessed the high turnout of the crowd. Interestingly, RJD is out of power in Bihar since 2005. In 2010 assembly polls, former CM and wife of Lalu Prasad Yadav, Rabri Devi lost both the seats she contested.


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