Schools shut to protest ANNISU-R act

Charikot, June 8:

Nilkantheshwor Secondary School in Mungu, Dolakha, has suspended all classes to protest against the manhandling of teachers by pro-Maoist All Nepal National Independent Students Union-Revolutionary (ANNISU-R) cadres on Wednesday.

In a press release, the school management committee said a group of ANNISU-R cadres led by president of the All Nepal National Teachers’ Association-Revolutionary (ANNTA-R) Yadav Dahal came to the school at noon as preparations were on for the community medicine programme and beat up teachers Arjun Khadka, Pushkar Dahal, Urmila Thami and canteen operator Govinda Poudel.

The press release added that Arjun Yogi of ANNISU-R, Sahadev Budhathoki, Dinesh Karki, Bishwas Karki and Raju Karki of ANNTA-R severely thrashed the school teachers.

The school administration, teachers, staffers are concerned over the incident, the release added. It also demanded that the government, the CPN-Maoist and the seven political parties bring the culprits to book.

Injured teacher Pushkar Dahal is said to be in a critical condition and has been admitted to the Chho Rolpa Hospital in the district headquarters.

All schools running under the Hanumanteshwor secondary school resource centre closed yesterday as a protest against the manhandling of teachers, said Dolakha president of the Nepal National Teachers’ Association Gopal Dhoj Shrestha.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police and the Chief District Officer have assured that action against the culprits will be initiated by 10:00 noon on Sunday, Shrestha added.

A struggle will be launched for justice if action is not taken against the culprits, he said.

Headmaster thrashes kids

Phidim: Students at the Ranitar Secondary School in Panchthar have padlocked the school for an indefinite period. They are demanding action against the headmaster Bhakta Rai for beating up three students.

Classes in the school were disrupted after the victims’ guardians and students padlocked the school yesterday, demanding medical treatment for wounded students and legal action against the headmaster.

Students of grade VIII Hem Raj Gurung, Navin Gurung and Pemba Gurung, who were severely beaten up by the headmaster, are undergoing treatment.

Hem Raj who lost consciousness after the thrashing, came round only after he was brought to the Panchathar Hospital, said Dr Sri Ram Shah. Rai has been arrested and brought to Phidim. — HNS