Students of Government Primary School, Paras Ram Nagar, enjoyed an unofficial holiday on Friday as there're classrooms were occupied by the security forces.
Around 550 security personnel reached Bathinda last evening for unspecified purpose and the stay of one unit was arranged at the said school.
All the four rooms on the first floor of the school building were occupied by the security forces and it left school authorities with shortage of rooms to take the classes. It made authorities to send students of three classes back homes without taking classes on Friday morning.
Rest of the students also remained disturbed with the movement of the security personnel on the school premises.
"We sent students of three classes back home as the classrooms are occupied by the security forces. We had received orders from the district education officer to allow forces to stay here," said block primary officer, Bathinda, Darshan Singh.
He said that the higher authorities have been requested to make alternate arrangements for the stay of the forces, so that studies of the students didn't suffer. "We have written to the security forces that the presence of the forces in the school was affecting the study of the students and hence some other arrangement should be made," said Darshan Singh.
Meanwhile, deputy superintendent of police (security) SL Sehgal said, "We do not have enough space in our barracks at police lines to accommodate the securitymen.
Hence, we have arranged their stay at different places in the district. Mostly marriage palaces are being used for the stay of forces."
"They may need to stay in Bathinda for around one week or less. We have been planning to move the forces out of the school," said Sehgal.
When senior superintendent of police Ravcharan Singh Brar was contacted, he evaded the query, saying, "Forces are here in anticipation of the festival season."
However, unconfirmed reports said that police were apprehending protests from some Hindu organisations against the editor of a Bhagapurana-based vernacular paper for publishing an essay on Rakhi festival, which allegedly had hurt the religious sentiments of the community.