DEO manhandled, school closed

RAJBIRAJ: Schools remained closed in Saptari on Thursday to protest the incident of smearing tar on the face of District Education Officer Kedar Tiwari on Wednesday.

Ramudgar Yadav, district chairman, Tarai-Madhes Students’ Front, had smeared tar on the DEO accusing the latter of being absent from work though he had marked presence in the register.

Teachers affiliated with Nepal Teachers’ Union shut the schools in protest. Everest Boarding School in Rajbiraj-6 was vandalised in charge of the proprietor’s involvement in the incident. Property worth Rs 100,000 is said to be destroyed.

Agitating teachers also tried to vandalise the room of Baidhanath Yadav, reporter, Avenues Television, for collecting news and taking photograph of the incident. Room of Shyamsundar Yadav, chairman, Maithaili Journalists’ Society, was vandalised.

Saptari chapter of Federation of Nepali Journalists condemned the incident. The agitators have demanded action against the culprits including Bijaya Yadav of Tarai Madhes Democratic Party, saying the protest would continue until the guilty are brought to book.

Bhogendra Yadav, central committee member, Private and Boarding Schools’ Organisation Nepal and a Madhesi Janadhikar Forum leader, claimed that he was not involved in the incident. He said he had reached the DEO for business as a member of District Education Committee. Issuing a statement, he has demanded compensation for the loss of property at his school.