The two teachers, who saved a government run school building from being set ablaze by miscreants on Tuesday evening in Kandi area here in north Kashmir were detained by the Chandoosa police on Wednesday, locals said.
The teachers Fayaz Ahmad Chopan and Saddam Hussain, who were on night duty on Tuesday as per the roaster prepared by the Principal of Government High School Sultanpora Kandi, risked their lives and saved the school building after some miscreants tried to set it ablaze. However, instead of being praised for the act, both the teachers were detained by the Police and were allowed to go home only after dusk," locals said.
"The detention of both the teachers has generated fear among the teachers community and has demoralized them," they added.
"Their mobile phones were seized by the Police and were questioned like criminals," said a teacher from Sultanpora.
The General secretary Teachers Forum Jammu and Kashmir, while condemning the 'harassment' of teachers said, "It's a vibrant example of how a teacher, who builds the nation, is treated in Kashmir. Their crime is that they saved the school building by raising alarm and inviting attention of the villagers which eventually saved the building. The police action is totally unwarranted, aimed to harass the community. If authorities continue to treat the teachers shabbily teachers' community would be forced to hit the streets," said Rafiq Rather.
Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Baramulla, Imtiyaz Ahmad, while talking to Greater Kashmir said that questioning of the teachers is part of investigations. "They are being questioned about the incident and it is part of the investigations. They will be free after the probe is completed," he added.