RaipurA government school teacher has been suspended in Chhattisgarh’s Kondagaon district for allegedly thrashing students for observing a fast on Janmashtami festival and making objectionable remarks against a Hindu deity.
Kondagaon Collector Pushpendra Kumar Meena said that the suspension order of Charan Markam, a teacher posted in Government Secondary School, Bundapara, Girola Gram Panchayat, was issued on Wednesday on the basis of a preliminary inquiry into a complaint against him. He said the gram panchayat and local villagers had complained that Markam had allegedly thrashed some students of class VII and VIII for observing Janmashtami fast on Tuesday and also made objectionable remarks against Lord Krishna, he said.
NS villagers had deposited Meena said audio and video evidence in support of his allegations. After this a government official was sent for investigation and based on his report, the teacher was suspended with immediate effect. The Collector said that a report in this regard has been sent to the police for further action on the matter. It has been said in the suspension order that hurting religious sentiments and spreading hatred in the society comes under the category of serious misconduct. Your (Markam) Act is against the Chhattisgarh Civil Services (Conduct) Rules 1965.
Another official said, Janmashtami was celebrated on Monday and when the students reached the school the next day, Markam asked how many of them had performed fasts and rituals during the festival. He said the students who raised their hand indicating confirmation were separated from the others and allegedly beaten up by them. According to the police, a complaint and a report have been received regarding the incident and necessary action will be taken.
Markam was alleged in a separate police complaint lodged by a tribal organization attack by local residents. We have received the report of the district administration and the complaint against the teacher from the local villagers. In addition, a counter-complaint has been received from Sarva Adivasi Samaj, an association of tribal communities, claiming that the teacher was assaulted by locals,” said a senior police officer and assured necessary action.