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Gurgaon: Parents catch school peon ‘spying’ on meeting to plan protest strategy

A peon of Shalom Hills school was arrested after he was allegedly caught recording a meeting of parents held to discus strategy on protesting fee hikes

gurgaon Updated: Apr 24, 2017 09:59 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Leena Dhankhar
Hindustan Times
Parents during a meeting at Leisure Valley Park in Gurgaon, where they earlier held a man who was allegedly spying on them on the orders of the school he worked for.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

A 42-year-old peon of a private school was arrested after he was allegedly caught recording a meeting of parents held on Saturday to discus strategy on protesting fee hikes.

A case was registered under Section 506 (threatening for life) of the IPC against Anil Kumar, from Jharkhand, who was arrested from the Leisure Valley Ground on Saturday.

According to the police, they received a call from the police control room after the parents caught hold of Kumar, a peon at Shalom Hills School, when he was recording a video of the parents’ meeting. He told the parents that he was recording their discussion on the school management’s orders, police said. However, the school has denied any knowledge of the incident.

Over 100 parents had gathered at Leisure Valley Ground at 9am on Saturday to discuss their plans for further fights against fee hike. During the protest, a parent noticed that a man was recording their video and taking pictures, the complainant alleged.

Sub-inspector Mool Chand, investigating officer, Sector 29 police station, said, “The man was found recording a video of the parents. We have registered a case against him after we received the complaint and arrested Kumar. We are conducting an investigation.”

The complaint was lodged by advocate Ramphal Sheoran (42) of Sector 55 whose two children were not allowed to attend the new academic session in Shalom Hills school after he did not deposit increased fees.

“The school management has threatened me for life several times and has been keeping a watch on my daily activities,” said Sheoran.

“Kumar admitted that an employee of school’s administration department asked him to record the parents’ discussion and to share pictures of parents from another school so that they can identify and harass other parents and students like we were targeted,” he added.

However, Atul Bhatt, principal of Shalom Hills school, said, “We are not aware of any such incident or registration of the case. Meetings and protests of parents are regularly shared on various social media sites anyway, why would we get involved in any such activity?”

First Published: Apr 23, 2017 23:54 IST