Several hearing-impaired protestors injured

Several hearing-impaired protestors injured

Agency News

Pune, Feb 25 : Several protestors were injured in an alleged 'mild' lathi charge by the city police on more than 1,000 hearing impaired students who were agitating before the office of Social Welfare Commissioner here on Monday. Around 2,500 hearing-impaired students, gathered under the banner of state-level Deaf Association at Social Welfare office-Pune, were demanding education and other facilities for their community from the state government.

There was a heated argument between the protesting students, who had come here from all over Maharashtra, and the Social Welfare Commissioner over issuing of an order pertaining to their demands. When the Social Welfare Commissioner expressed his inability to do so, the hearing-impaired students continued with their protest for their various demands, including government job.

Then, the on-duty policemen deployed at the venue resorted to lathi charge on the protesting students when they allegedly broke barricades, in which several hearing-impaired students sustained severe injuries on their head and legs. Talking to media persons at venue, senior police inspector of Bund Garden police station M M Majawar denied that the hearing-impaired students were injured in lathi charge and claimed that they were injured in a 'stamped'.

He also claimed that some police personnel were also injured in the melee. Following the incident, the hearing-impaired students expressed their anguish through paper on which they wrote that "we can also contribute to the state's economy if we get all facilities of the government."

The injured persons have been admitted at local hospital with the help of many social activists and workers of political parties who rushed to the venue of the protest on hearing of the police action. The leaders of many political parties reached the venue to express their support to the protestors. (UNI)