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The Lokhandwala Foundation School finally reopened on Thursday following the Bombay High Court’s notice to the Samata Nagar police to provide protection to it.
After 150 Shiv Sainiks had barged into the school on December 2, demanding readmission of a girl student who was expelled for being absent for seven months without permission, the school had remained shut. After the attack, the Parents’ Teachers’ Association (PTA) and the school management had decided to shut temporarily, fearing safety of the students.
While the readmission issue is still pending, the HC on December 8 had issued a notice to Samata Nagar police to provide protection to the school till Saturday. The school management and staff have even demanded an apology from the girl’s parents and have refused to readmit her in the school.
“We wanted an assurance from the police that the hooligans who barged into the school will not enter the school again. It was a matter of safety of our students and staff. Hence, we have reopened the school. We do not want to comment on the readmission of the girl,” said a teacher.
Meanwhile, the girl’s parents claimed that they have an order by the deputy director of school education and Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR) for their daughter’s readmission to the school, which the management will have to follow.