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Madhya Pradesh: Four arrested after dispute over slogans during school prayers

The four who have been arrested are members of the same family and have, in turn, alleged that their children were forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’.

By: Express News Service | Bhopal |
Updated: October 14, 2021 2:03:45 am
bharat mata ki jai slogan, madhya pradesh school student, madhya pradesh newsAccording to another police official, after the prayer at the school, students sing the national anthem and chant "Bharat Mata Ki Jai".

Four people have been arrested for allegedly beating up a few students and teachers after a dispute over chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’ following morning prayers in a school in Madhya Pradesh’s Agar Malwa district.

The four who have been arrested are members of the same family and have, in turn, alleged that their children were forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’.

The FIR, based on a complaint by a student at a school in Barod town, said during the morning prayers Tuesday, four students refused to chant Bharat Mata ki jai. The student said he and some others were beaten up by the relatives of the four students.

The police registered an FIR against nine people, of whom four have been arrested and identified as Raja Khan, Shakeel Khan, Azhar Khan and Arshad Khan. Two accused are minors.

Ejaz Khan, whose children study in the school, Tuesday submitted an application to the Agar Malwa SP alleging his children were compelled to chant Jai Shri Ram. Later, he alleged, around 50 men came to his shop, ransacked it and threatened to kill them.

“It was when my brother Shakeel and nephew Raja Khan went to report the matter to the police that they were instead detained and booked. We have been told that if you want to live here, you’ll have to chant Jai Shri Ram.”

Agar Malwa SP Rakesh Sagar said the assault appeared to be a retaliation to “what happened on Tuesday morning”.

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