Case of a private school in Agar Malwa district of Madhya Pradesh. It is alleged that some Muslim children were not raising the slogan of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, which led to a controversy when they opposed it. After this, there is an allegation of assaulting a student and a teacher who protested.
Bhopal: A teacher and a student were allegedly thrashed by some people in a dispute over chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ at a school in Madhya Pradesh’s Agar Malwa district.
A police official said that a case has been registered against about 20 people after the incident that took place on Tuesday in Barod town, about 175 km from state capital Bhopal. A case has been registered against nine people named and 8-10 other unknown people in the case.
Agar-Malwa Superintendent of Police Rakesh Sagar (SP) said on Wednesday that students from different communities, including Hindus and Muslims, study in a private school in Barod town.
He said, “There was some dispute among the students for chanting Bharat Mata ki Jai in the school, the matter was settled there, but after this some students allegedly thrashed the boys from the other side outside the school. ‘
According to another police officer, “After the prayer in the school, the students sing the national anthem and at the end chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’.
“Some Muslim children were not chanting Bharat Mata Ki Jai and class 12th student Bharat Singh Rajput (19 years) protested, resulting in a dispute,” he said.
The officer said that Rajput complained to the police that when he was returning home from school along with other students on Tuesday, he and a teacher were stopped and beaten up.
According to the FIR, Rajput claimed that he and a Dalit teacher were stopped by some Muslim boys and their friends in Baroda’s Kasai Mohalla area. The accused abused him and others and beat him with sticks.
The complaining student alleged that when the teacher started making videos of the incident on his mobile phone, the accused also hit him with sticks and broke his phone.
However, SP Rakesh Sagar said, “The incident is more a matter of proper counseling and guidance than a legal offence, as all involved in the incident are students.” School teachers and principal should give moral education to the students.
The SP said, “After the complaint of dispute, a case has been registered for assault and rioting under relevant sections of IPC and provisions of SC-ST Act.”
Another official said that following Rajput’s complaint, a case has been registered against nine people named in the case and 8-10 other unidentified people.
He said that some people have been detained for questioning and further legal steps will be taken after the investigation of the matter.