11 Substitute Teachers Injured During a Clash with Police Forces

  September 28, 2023 By: INSEC

On September 29, a clash occurred between substitute teachers and the police during a protest by the teachers, resulting in injuries to 11 individuals. The substitute teachers had been protesting for nine days, demanding that their issues be included in the school education bill registered by the government in Parliament. The clash took place when the teachers attempted to take their protest onto the main lane of the Maitighar-New Baneshwar road.

Among the injured in the clash were:

  1. Sandipa Khatri (45 years old)
  2. Sharmila Puri (38 years old) from Parbat
  3. Nirmala Wali (37 years old) from Rukum West
  4. Ramesh Pyakurel (50 years old) from Taplejung
  5. Regina Kunwar (33 years old) from Achham
  6. Sharmila Paudyal (44 years old) from Parbat
  7. Nand Bahadur Khadka (52 years old) from Achham
  8. Januka Kunwar (42 years old)
  9. Geeta Karki (48 years old) from Makwanpur
  10. Durga Prasad Pokharel (35 years old) from Dailekh
  11. Lakshenu Bahadur Darzi (44 years old) from Bajhang

Khatri suffered a broken right leg and was admitted to the emergency room of the National Trauma Center for treatment. Pyakurel had his left leg plastered. Other injured teachers were treated at Everest Hospital and Bir Hospital in Naya Baneshwar and were later discharged.

Khemraj Adhikari, the Chairperson of the Central Committee of Nepal Rahat Sikshyak, expressed his disappointment over the incident, stating that it was unfortunate that substitute teachers, who were peacefully raising their demands, were met with police oppression. He mentioned that the government’s use of police force was an attempt to suppress the teachers, but the movement would continue with even greater determination.

Bimal Poudel