Students’ confinement: Take action against school, says Bir Devinder

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Apr 22, 2016 23:10 IST
Probes were started by the police as well as the civil administration after at least three students were hospitalised due to trauma; one who was highly diabetic had his sugar levels peaking. (HT Photo)

Raising finger over the silence of Punjab government on the ongoing issue of confinement of students in the library over the fee row by the Budha Dal School management recently, former deputy speaker Bir Devinder Singh on Sunday said it’s high time the government intervened in the matter.

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Bir Devinder said that even after around a week of the incident, the government has miserably failed to take cognisance of the disgraceful conduct of the authorities of Budha Dal Public School in Patiala. “It does not require the police and the district administration to entail ‘Rocket Science’ to understand the sensitivity of the matter. Action must be taken under the relevant provisions of the law,” he said.

He added that as per the complaints of the parents of schoolchildren, the detention of approximately 40 students for more than two hours in the school library, soon after the morning assembly, against their will, amounted to criminal misconduct. “As per the notified school schedule, children should have been allowed to go to their respective classrooms soon after the morning assembly, but instead they were taken hostages in the school library to recover the paltry amount of school dues from their parents. How the school authority could dare to detain treacherously, the schoolchildren even for a second, as ‘mortgaged guarantee’ to recover the school dues from the parents?” he said.

“The Buddha Dal School authority has no business to put the schoolchildren to agony, which reluctantly caused sense of disquiet to all the parents. The school authorities must bear in mind that we are living in the civilized world of 21st century and such atrocious and insane measures of medieval times cannot be allowed to replicate in contemporary world. I am aware that the school has earned good name in academic achievements and such petty matters should not be allowed to eclipse the overall achievements of the school,” he added.

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