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Teachers at this Bundelkhand school are battling with gamblers

The panchayat building adjacent to the government primary and middle school has turned into a gambling den in Semra Ganpat village of Sagar district

bhopal Updated: Aug 09, 2017 22:07 IST
Anupam Pateriya, Hindustan Times, Bhopal/Sagar
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Panchayat building at Semra Ganpat village in Sagar district where gamblers assemble and create nuisance(HT Photo)

Teachers at this Bundelkhand village have to battle with gamblers to protect impressionable minds of students from them.

The panchayat building adjacent to the government primary and middle school has turned into a gambling den in Semra Ganpat village of Sagar district. The teachers and locals are trying their best to stop the miscreants, but their efforts have proven futile so far.

School management says such an activity next to the school is a bad influence on the young impressionable students. The area where the school is located is represented by state home minister Bhupendra Singh.

The Semra Ganpat village of Khurai tehsil has a government primary school and a middle school side by side and adjacent to these is the building of the village panchayat, which is in a dilapidated condition.

However, the dilapidated building has become a gambling den where some people from the village and surrounding areas assemble right from morning hours. Apart from gambling, some villagers also use the place for liquor parties. Drunk villagers creating nuisance has become a norm around the school area.

There are 64 children who are studying in the primary school while in the middle school, the strength of students is around 45. The schoolteachers and some villagers have tried to stop these miscreants from gambling near the school but they didn’t succeed.

PD Kushwaha, in charge principal of the middle school, told HT that in this rainy season they were running classes in an additional classroom as the main building roof leaks.

“I have told these villagers not to play cards or gamble near the school but they do not listen to us . I have already informed my seniors about these issues but no steps have been taken so far,” he said.

Dasharath Ahirwar, president, primary school management committee said the school management was struggling with lot of issues, from leaking building to nuisance creating gamblers.

“I personally requested these people (gamblers) to stop their activities. My wife Geeta Ahirwar who is a janpad panchayat member from this area wrote about it to the authorities. But all we have been getting are mere assurances. There is no change on the ground level,” he said.

Superintendent of police Sagar Satyendra Kumar Shukla said such illegal activities couldn’t be allowed. He would ensure strict action against anti-social elements.

First Published: Aug 09, 2017 22:07 IST