Taking strict note of a government school teacher calling the police to school for questioning students after Rs 10,000 went missing from her purse here on Friday, the education department has suspended the teacher and issued a showcause notice to the school incharge.
HT on Saturday highlighted how students of Class 5 were maltreated and even slapped by cops after ETT teacher Suman Rani called them, alleging that Rs 10,000 had gone missing from her purse. The cops who visited the school even forced the students to sit in the PCR vehicle.
Talking to HT, district education officer (elementary education) Tota Singh, who visited the school, said, “We have suspended the teacher in question and a show-cause notice has been issued to school in-charge Jasbir Singh.”
“The teacher without informing the school authorities had called the police after the money went missing. She should not have been carrying so much cash to the school. Also, once she found the cash missing, the teacher should have informed the school authorities before calling the cops,” said Tota Singh. It may be mentioned that this was third such instance when the said teacher had alleged that her money had gone missing.
On the show-cause notice served on the school in-charge, Tota Singh said, “The in-charge failed to take action and instead of informing the education department, he tried to cover up the episode. So, we have issued him a show-cause notice.”
The education department took action after recording the statements of affected students, their parents and teachers. Apart from the team from education department, SAS Nagar SDM Lakhmir Singh also visited the school and met the police officials to enquire about the incident.
Probe marked against accused cop
The district police have marked an internal probe into the incident even as the cop, Sarabjeet Singh, had been vehemently denying allegations of slapping children. Sarabjeet, however, admitted that he made the children to sit in the PCR vehicle as a pressure tactic to make them own up theft, if any.
“The allegations are quite serious and we have marked a probe. If found guilty of slapping the child, the cop would face action,” said SAS Nagar SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar.