3,400 siksha mitras seeks permission for mass suicide in UP

Soon after the decision of Allahabad High Court of scrapping the appointments of 1.7 lakhs siksha mitras on the post of assistant teachers in basic schools, altogether 3400 siksha mitra have sought President Pranab Mukherjee's permission for mass suicide.

Upset with the court's orders, the siksha mitras demonstrated against the Uttar Pradesh government raising slogans.

According a report from Bareilly district, altogether 3400 siksha mitras have asked for the permission to commit mass suicide in a memorandum submitted to the district magistrate in the name of the President.

Another report from a district said at least eight siksha mitras died of cardiac arrest after hearing of the court's order. Siksha mitras also laid seige to the residence of Union Minister of state for Human Resource Development Ram Shankar Katheria in Agra. Reports of agitation also poured from Lakhimpur Kheri, Shahjahanpur, Lucknow and many other districts.

Yesterday, the Uttar Pradesh government issued an alert to control the law and order in the view of High Court's order. Meanwhile, the state government has announced a solatium of Rs 5 lakhs to the family of siksha mitra Babu Singh, a native of Usra village of Kannauj district, who took the extreme step and his body was found hanging in his dwelling, according to district magistrate Anoop Kumer Jha. Kannauj is the parliamentary constituency of UP Chief Minister's Akhilesh Yadav's wife Dimple Yadav.

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