Police cane charge agitating Bishop Cotton School sacked employees

80 taken into prevention detention

Shimla: Police resorted to a mild cane charge on Friday morning and took 70 men and 10 women under preventive detention when they forcibly entered the premises of Bishop Cotton School, a 150 year old institution that is facing a standoff with some employees who have been sacked.

RM Sharma, district police chief denied that cane charge took place. He said that the 70 men and 10 women taken under preventive detention had forcibly entered the school premises, defying a prohibitory order to do so.

The police responded to a complaint received from the school management, he said. A case has been registered and sections 107 and 151 of CrPC have been imposed, he added.

CITU, a trade union which is supporting the sacked employees, condemned the police action on the agitating workers. Demanding immediate release of the arrested persons, a CITU spokesman said that the school had sacked many employees without any reason and the agitation would go on till they are not taken back.

Roy Christopher Robinson, headmaster of BCS said that the school was functioning normally. “Some people forcibly entered the school premises and the police had to be called in,” he said.

The school before it closed for winter vacation, last November, had sacked about 30 employees for having resorting to a two day lightening strike mid way through the academic year. The sacked employees along with their families have been agitating ever since the school reopened earlier in the month.

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