A teacher at Government Primary School, Mochpur under Kahnuwan block of Gurdaspur district, was allegedly caught consuming liquor with another teacher on the campus during half-day break on Tuesday by sarpanch Dalbir Singh and other villagers.
The teacher was identified as Manjit Singh, while his accomplice (the other teacher) reportedly managed to escape the scene.
Students of the school used to make complains to their parents about Manjit Singh’s consuming liquor during school hours, said the sarpanch.
Taking a serious note of the students’ repeated complain, villagers started keeping a vigil on Manjit Singh’s activities, said the sarpanch, adding on Tuesday they succeeded in catching him in inebriated condition.
The sarpanch said there were only three teachers in the school, and the third teacher who was on a half-day leave was not involved in consuming liquor.
The villagers informed the Bhaini Mian Khan police, who took the erring teacher in their custody and got him examined at a community health centre, Bhaini Mian Khan.
Later, police let him off.
When contacted, district education officer (elementary) Salwinder Singh told Hindustan Times that he had marked an inquiry into the incident by deputy education officer (elementary) Balbir Singh.
He said strict departmental action would be taken against the erring teacher if he was found guilty.
The DEO, however, said he had not received any report from the police department to confirm if the teacher was inebriated during school hours.
Deputy commissioner Abhinav Trikha said he would instruct the DEO (E) to take strict action against the teacher, who had brought bad name to the department.
Manjit Singh, a resident of Sallopur village, has joined the education department under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan scheme of the central government in 2007.