Ghaziabad: Khaitan Public School lodges case against protesting parents
The Ghaziabad police on Sunday lodged an FIR against several protesters, including parents, for protesting outside Khaitan Public School in Rajendra Nagar on Saturday and allegedly confining the school staff to the school premises by locking the gates.noida Updated: Jul 07, 2017 22:14 IST
The Ghaziabad police on Sunday lodged an FIR against several protesters, including parents, for protesting outside Khaitan Public School in Rajendra Nagar on Saturday and allegedly confining the school staff to the school premises by locking the gates.
Sudheer Tyagi, the station house officer of Sahibabad police station, said, “An FIR was lodged on a complaint from school officials. The case was registered against three to four persons, under sections of rioting and illegal confinement.”
“The protesters had locked all four main gates of the school and did not allow our staff to move inside or outside the premises. They even manhandled a courier boy. Of the protesters who had gathered outside the school, only 20-25 of them were parents of students of the school; the rest do not have any ties with the school. We have forwarded a complaint to the police and they have lodged an FIR,” said Geeta Varshney, the school’s principal.
Nearly 200 persons, including parents, had gathered outside the school after the management had expelled 29 students by issuing transfer certificates (TC). Parents had alleged that the school authorities were harassing them by not accepting fees as per the old fee structure.
On the other hand, school officials said that the parents were notified about the hiked fee structure in September and also served notice and notified the stipulated time frame for depositing the fee as per the revised structure.
The police and administration officials had reached the spot on Saturday to pacify protesters and convince them to call off their demonstration. Sanjay Bansal, the additional city magistrate, had also promised them of a joint meeting with officials of the school and the administration in the next week.
In an earlier incident as well, an FIR was lodged by the Kavi Nagar police after protesting parents and association members staged a demonstration against the ‘arbitrary’ fee hike and blocked the Hapur Chungi intersection.
The issue of ‘arbitrary’ fee hike has been repeatedly raised by parents and several private associations. There have been several protests by parents, who have been demanding a rollback of the hiked fee hike and also action against schools by the district officials.
However, the administration declined to take a decision at the district level. The state government formed a nine-member committee to look into the complaints and allegations of parents.