Police has started a probe into a matter in which it has been alleged that students and teachers at the Gandhi Mohammad Ali Memorial Inter College in Ballia district, are getting punished for chanting patriotic slogans such as ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and ‘Vande Mataram’.
A video had went viral on social media showing a student of the college being punished for singing the national song of ‘Vande Mataram’ and chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. The video caused uproars in social media, after which representatives of a social welfare organization called Manas Mandir, visited the institution and confirmed the allegations to be true, as per a reportof OneIndia.
According to Mr. Shiv Kumar Jaiswal, Manager of Manas Mandir, both the students and teachers have confirmed that chanting of patriotic slogans is prohibited in the institution premises, violation of which is subject to severe punishment. “Economics teacher Sanjay Pandey told us that there was a ban on singing Vande Mataram and chanting Bharat Mata ki Jai in the school and anyone doing so is punished. Pandey told us that one student, who by mistake had chanted ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ after the assembly, was made to squat under the sun for hours,” Shiv Kumar Jaiswal, further stated.
Shiv Kumar Jaiswal has also written a letter to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, about the matter along with all the evidences and video recordings of the statements of teachers and students. Jaiswal has urged the Chief Minister to look into the matter and derecognise Mohammad Ali Memorial Inter College for their actions.
However refuting the allegations, the college principal, Majid Nasir, called it “baseless and an attempt to malign the school’s reputation”. Meanwhile police has said that they have not been able to find any definite proof, but their teams will be on high alert