Jat quota: Protesters attack school buses, students stranded

  • Isha Sahni, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Feb 20, 2016 01:19 IST
Protesters attack a vehicle at Bakhtawar Chowk on Friday. (Abhinav Saha/HT Photo)

A number of schools did not run their buses on two major routes - Rajiv Chowk and Subhash Chowk - on Friday as protesters demanding reservation for Jats attacked vehicles and allegedly pelted stones at school buses.

The district administration has issued an advisory to all schools to remain shut on Saturday.

As the agitators refused to clear off major roads till evening, schools sent a message to parents asking them to pick their children.

Ryan International School, Sector 40, did not run 10 buses that pass through Rajiv Chowk and Subhash Chowk. The school took this decision after protesters attacked one of its buses.

Around 12pm, protesters allegedly pelted stones at a bus with students from the nursery section near Medanta Medicity hospital.

“We received a call from one of our teachers saying that a mob had blocked the roads and children were scared as the protesters were shouting slogans and destroying property,” Peeya Sharma, principal of Ryan International School, said.

Delhi Public School, Sector 45, decided not to run all 60 school buses that ply across the city.

“We did not want to take a risk, especially after hearing reports of school buses being attacked and the crowd turning violent. The school asked parents to pick their children from the campus,” Aditi Misra, principal of Delhi Public School, Sector 45, said.

The parents, however, complained that the schools informed them very late. They said the children had to stay in the school for several hours as they could not get to the school quickly at such short notice.

“I received a message from the school about half an hour before the normal dispersal time. My wife and I were at work and all roads were choked. My child had to wait in the school for almost an hour and a half,” parent of a student from Delhi Public School said.

A few schools have also cancelled classes, parent-teacher meetings and annual day events scheduled for Saturday.

Blue Bells Model School in Sector 4 cancelled their annual function scheduled for Saturday. An email sent by the school said, “Annual Function on February 20, 2016 is cancelled due to the current situation in Haryana.’

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