Teachers throw slippers at Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

Bihar' contractual teachers demanding better pay and working terms today allegedly threw slippers towards the state's Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at his public meeting in Madhepura district, official sources said. 

A contractual teacher hurled his slipper towards the Chief Minister, but it fell some distance from where the latter was standing on the dias and was being garlanded by his supporters, the sources said.

The security personnel tried to identify the protester, but he escaped by joining among audience gathered there, they said.

Nitish Kumar
Nitish Kumar.

The chief minister's public meeting proceeded without any more interruption amid tight security, sources said.

Earlier, the police detained 23 contractual teachers for allegedly planning conspiracy to sabotage Kumar's 'Adhikar yatra' in the district, a police officer said.

The detenues have been lodged at Madhepura police station, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) H S Dwivedi said.

It was for the third time in the past fortnight that the chief minister has either being shown slippers or the same hurled in his direction after the contractual teachers did so in Betiah and Darbhanga. He said that he was unfazed by the protests and will carry on crusade to attain special category status to Bihar. 

The teachers, who the Nitish government have taken on contract, are demanding their term be regularised and their pay be at par with permanent teachers.

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