Ryan teachers allege harassment by probe officials
Earlier, the CBSE officials had given all teachers a set of 5 questions to be answered in writing, after which they were told to leave for the day. The Gurgaon police, too, followed a similar protocol.gurgaon Updated: Sep 15, 2017 21:53 IST
Teachers at the Ryan International School, Bhondsi, have alleged harassment by the police and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) officials who are looking into the murder of an eight-year-old in the school’s toilet.
The police and CBSE officials, meanwhile, said the exercise is to ensure that no information escapes their notice.
Earlier, the CBSE officials had given all teachers a set of 5 questions to be answered in writing, after which they were told to leave for the day. The Gurgaon police, too, followed a similar protocol.
But teachers allege that they are being called repeatedly by officials of the Special Investigation Team (SIT). Teachers have been reported to make frantic calls to principals of other branches, complaining of harassment and asking for help.
On Friday, the SIT had called around 50 teachers for recording their statements. These teachers were earlier called on Wednesday evening but due to non-availability of officials, they could not be questioned.
A group of teachers Hindustan Times spoke with over the phone said they had not seen anything take place.
“I was not even near the location but still I am called along with the other teachers...I had rushed to the spot after the students started shouting; a few students came to me and told me that a child of class 2 has been stabbed. When I reached, some teachers were seen moving towards the car. I have no role in this; I am neither a witness nor did I report anything to anyone,” said a teacher requesting anonymity.
Another teacher said though she had seen the victim lying outside the gate, it was only after others had reached. “The police officials are treating us like we have committed the crime, same questions every day and I am tired. We are made to sit and ordered to not cross the room as if we will flee from the spot. We are not left with any strength,” she said.
However, SIT officials denied the allegations saying that they are just doing their job, and though the accused is under arrest, they do not want to leave any stone unturned.
“We are calling teachers to ensure that if something is missing so we can connect the dots. We have no intention of harassing any teacher and they should cooperate with us in the investigations,” said assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Tanya Singh.
Questions CBSE asked:
When did you come to know about the incident ?
What was your first reaction on knowing about the death of a student of class II ?
When did you report to the principal about the incident?
Who told the parents about the incident?
Did the victim ever report to you about anything unpleasant happening with him?