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Parents thrash school trustees

india Updated: Jan 27, 2007 23:06 IST

THERE WAS pandemonium at Vaishnav Kanya Bal Mandir (Rajmohalla) on Friday morning for over two hours when angry parents beat up two school trustees and ransacked furniture, accusing the school management of failing to take action against three employees who they said had been fondling little girls in the bus and also inside the school building.

Police had to be called in and they escorted the teachers and trustees out of the building and placated the angry parents.

The angry parents charged that even though they had been complaining to principal Nanda Vyas for quite some time, she had been shielding the accused.

The parents also demanded her removal. The trouble started a couple of days ago, on Thursday, when some parents demonstrated at the school demanding action against a bus driver named Ashok Karode, conductor Ram and an ayah named Sarla.

The police were informed and they had arrested Ashok and Ram. It appeared that the matter had ended and the school function on Republic Day was to be held as scheduled.

However, the anger of the parents had not subsided. They announced that they would hold demonstration on Republic day. Around 300 parents gathered at the school gates even as the children were preparing for the Republic Day function inside. As the pressure of the parents increased, they broke open the gates and entered the school premises and there was complete pandemonium.

As teachers ran for safety, the parents first ensured that the children were escorted safely inside classrooms. Then they started searching for the trustees and caught hold of school in charge Kailash Agar, whom they beat up with slippers and fist cuffs. They also tore his clothes. While Agar was trying to escape from the clutches of the mob, another trustee Purshottam Pasari, came into their clutches. He too was beaten up.

Meanwhile, the police were called in. At first they did not know what to do and when things started getting out of control they had to resort to mild lathi charge to disperse the marauding parents.

On Saturday morning the Youth Congress staged a dharna at the Pandrinath police station demanding that cases be registered against the directors of the school for not taking action against the errant employees despite repeated complaints. They submitted a memorandum to Collector Vivek Aggrawal, SP Anshuman Yadav in this regard.