Protesters outside Bishop Cotton School baton charged by police

March 20th, 2009 - 11:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, March 20 (IANS) At least three people were injured when the police baton-charged activists of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), affiliated to the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), trying to enter the famous Bishop Cotton School (BCS) in this Himachal Pradesh capital Friday.
“The protest suddenly turned violent, which resulted in a clash between the police and the protesters,” superintendent of police R.M. Sharma told IANS, adding the police used force to disperse

the protesters when they tried to enter the school premises.

However, the protesters said they were staging a silent protest when they were baton-charged by the police on the direction of the school headmaster.

“We were staging a protest in support of the 32 employees sacked by school authorities when the police cane-charged us,” said Jagat Ram, state secretary of the CITU. “We have already informed school authorities about the silent protest well in advance.”

School headmaster R.C. Robinson said the sacked employees, along with the CITU activists, tried to forcefully enter the school premises when the police were called.

“The protesters tried to damage the school property and the peaceful atmosphere,” he said.

The BCS is one of the most famous boarding schools in the country. It will celebrate its 150th anniversary in July this year.

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