About 100 students from four girls’ schools were hospitalised after they fell unconscious during the Vande Mataram singing programme in Nagpur on Thursday. The girls fell unconscious after the programme and were rushed to a private nursing home.
The management of Rajkumar Kewal Ramani day-night school said a number of students were affected. In Arunachal Pradesh, though the state government had not issued any notification making the singing mandatory, state units of the BJP and the Congress Seva Dal recited the song in their respective offices.
Many government and private schools in the state organised mass recitation of Vande Mataram but missionary schools did not sing the song. In Meerut, two persons were injured in heavy stone-pelting as children in Muslim educational institutions recited the patriotic song Sare jahan se achha in place of Vande Mataram which was sung in schools and colleges across Uttar Pradesh.
A scuffle broke out between a group of Islamic teachers over the singing of Vande Mataram at Taaj-ul-Masjid in Bhopal. The scuffle broke out following an argument over singing of the national song, nearly three hours after the time stipulated for its singing by the Madhya Pradesh government, according to sources.