Headmaster, teacher suspended after girl students’ protest in Mayurbhanj


Baripada: Mayurbhanj Collector today suspended headmaster and an assistant teacher of Morada Patapur Girls’ High School for dereliction of duty and on charges of torturing the students mentally.

The action came immediately after hundreds of students marched towards the Collector’s office by walking 15 kms to apprise him of their problem.

Being informed about the incident, the Collector accompanied the girl students and went to the school to check ground reality.

“I received information at around 11.30 and interacted with the students at 12.30 pm at the school. They alleged that headmaster Rajeev Mahanta used to beat them and misbehave. Another teacher Sushant Das has also allegedly misbehaved with the guardians. After prima facie investigation, they were suspended,” Collector Surendra Kumar Meena said.

Departmental proceeding will be initiated against them soon, he added.

On the other hand, headmaster Rajeev Mahanta refuted the allegations levelled against him and said, “These are false and baseless allegations. Some hooligans had entered the school campus during Ganesh Puja and demanded donation. As I resisted them, they have instigated the students against me.”

In a unique form of protest, as many as 256 girl students walked around 15 km to meet the Collector and apprise him of their problems in the morning today.

Though former minister Sudam Marandi reportedly reached the school, the students did not speak to him.

However, an uneasy calm prevailed on the school premises after villagers locked the school gate as they were not allowed to meet him. Later, police reached the spot and opened the gate.

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