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Admin ‘hijacks’ school buses, again

The district administration and its agencies will deploy private school buses for a rally of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to be held in Mewat on Wednesday.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2011 00:43 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

The district administration and its agencies will deploy private school buses for a rally of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to be held in Mewat on Wednesday.

Private schools are upset with the decision. Keeping a target of 700 buses from Gurgaon, the district administration set eyes on 34 schools, including some colleges, to get the vehicles.

Some schools have denied giving any bus to the administration, saying such "coercive and arm-twisting tactics" won't be tolerated.

In July last year too, the administration had forced private schools to shut down classes and send their vehicles for the panchayat elections. Hundreds of school buses were used for election duty for three days.

"I got a frantic call in the afternoon from the office of the Gurgaon deputy commissioner. The caller said the DC has arranged a meeting at 1pm, but didn't disclose the agenda. I refused to attend. Then my assistant got another call from the same office, asking to arrange buses for the Wednesday event," said Col. Partap Singh of Haryana Progressive School Conference (HPSC).

Col Singh said he won't send his buses for the Mewat event. "At least four schools have turned down the administration's directive, although many have acquiesced under protest," added Col Singh.

Most private school authorities refused to speak for fear of being targeted by the administration. Col Singh said these schools have submitted affidavits that they be used only for ferrying students and teachers.

The administration officials, including DC PC Meena, did not respond to calls despite repeated attempts.