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Govt official ‘disrespects’ national anthem in J-K; students, teachers protest

Assistant commissioner (revenue) (ACR), Mohammed Syed Khan had come on a raid to check absenteeism in Government Model Boys’ Higher Secondary School.

india Updated: Oct 12, 2017 23:19 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jammu
National Anthem,Disrespect,Kishtwar
Students protest against the alleged disrespect to national anthem by a government official at Government Model Boys’ Higher Secondary School in Kishtwar on Thursday.(HT PHOTO)

A student was injured after police allegedly lathi-charged students and staff of a school in Jammu and Kashmir for protesting against a government official, who, they claimed, disrespected the national anthem playing there.

The incident happened at Government Model Boys’ Higher Secondary School in Kishtwar town on Thursday where assistant commissioner (revenue) (ACR), Mohammed Syed Khan had come on a raid to check absenteeism.

However, the national anthem was playing when Khan arrived, and showing least respect, he entered the principal’s office, took the attendance register and started leaving, when some teachers asked him to show some respect to the anthem in front of the students, especially as he was a public servant.

On hearing this, Khan lost his cool and allegedly abused the teachers, which in turn angered the students, who shouted slogans and staged a protest with the teachers.

One of the students said police later came inside the school and lathi-charged the protesting students and teachers.

However, Kishtwar deputy commissioner, Angrez Singh Rana denied lathi-charge.

“There was no lathi-charge and no student was injured, but it is a fact that the ACR (Khan) had gone to the school to check absenteeism,” Rana said, adding that Khan’s act may not have been deliberate as he could have been under pressure to visit other departments and schools.

“I don’t think it was a deliberate act by him... he might have forgotten to realise that the anthem was on,” Rana said.

The DC said he has ordered a probe by additional deputy commissioner Kishori Lal Sharma and he will submit a report within 15 days.

Meanwhile, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad’s (ABVP) city unit served a two-day ultimatum on the district administration to take strict action against the ACR Kishtwar and SHO Kishtwar for disrespect to national anthem and lathi-charge on students.

Failure to take action would result in school and college students boycotting their classes from Monday, ABVP leaders said.

First Published: Oct 12, 2017 22:16 IST