Five hours highway jam
Udaipur : Pratapgarh police slapped sedition charges and arrested a government senior secondary school principal on Saturday for allegedly passing lewd and disrespectful remarks on the Pulwama martyrs. The action came after situation grew tensed when villagers staged massive protest, blocked the highway and disrupted commutation for five hours. They burnt the effigy and were adamant that the protest would end only after the principal is terminated. Later the District Education Officer arrived and tried to pacify the villagers. The officer reported the matter to the Directorate of Secondary Education, Bikaner and obtained a suspension letter. A departmental inquiry too has been called for detailed report.
Mohammad Iqram Ajmeri, the 50 year old principal of government senior secondary school at Kuni, a village 17 kilometers away from the district headquarters reportedly passed lewd comments on the soldiers when some children and staff members requested him to hold mourning and condolence for the Pulwama martyrs during assembly on Friday. The Principal was rude and turned down the demand claiming that there is no need to sympathize with people who rape women in Kashmir and do unlawful activities.
His response shocked the teachers and students who did not react at the moment but after reaching home, students reported the incident to their parents. Villagers were infuriated and on Friday around 10 am they collected outside the school in large numbers. Residents raised slogans, burnt effigy and blocked the highway. Sensing tension, forces from three police stations were pressed in while the district education officer too was informed. Hathuniya police took away the Principal from the school and later afternoon a case was registered against him. ” The accused has been booked on sedition charges. An FIR has been lodged under section 124 (b) and 295 (a) of the IPC ” Daulat Singh, SHO Hathuniya police station told Udaipur Kiran.