Yanam violence: Cong for delay of school exam

Oppn Cong legislator has requested the postponement of practical examinations for students of a higher secondary school as it had been by a mob.

Puducherry: Opposition Congress legislator
Malladi Krishna Rao, representing Yanam, an enclave of
Puducherry in Andhra Pradesh, has requested the postponement
of the practical examinations for students of a higher
secondary school there as the school, run by a private factory
in the region, had been recently ravaged by a mob during
labour unrest.

Workers of Regency Ceramics in Yanam had indulged in
violence on January 27, which led to the lynching of a top
official of the unit after a union leader allegedly died in
police action.

Rao, former Tourism Minister of Puducherry, told PTI that
as per earlier schedule the higher secondary school, which is
also run by Regency Ceramics, was to have the practical
examinations on February 2.

With the school having borne the brunt of unprecedented
violence he had requested the Andhra Pradesh Board, whose
syllabus and curriculum Yanam region is adopting, to postpone
the examinations by ten days.

"All equipments in the school had been smashed and nothing
is left," Rao said.

KC Chandrasekhar, President(Operations) of Regency
Ceramics had died on Jan 27 of injuries in an attack by
workers who indulged in violence, leading to a police
lathicharge and subsequent firing, leaving nine injured after
learning their union leader MS Murali Mohan died allegedly in
the police action.

Over 800 workers had been staging daily protests since
January 2 demanding that services of senior workers be
regularized and wages revised.

Rao said that the Puducherry Lt Governor Dr Iqbal Singh had
contacted him over phone today to acquaint himself with the
situation. "I have requested the Lt Governor to send two more
companies of India Reserve Battalion (IRB) to Yanam which
already has one company now," Rao said.


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