A late-night raid, led by Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia, at a municipal school in east Delhi, led to two people — who had allegedly illegally occupied a classroom — being held, claimed the government.
The government said AAP councillor, Kuldeep Kumar, received information about the illegal occupation of a classroom at Kalyanpuri 19 block Nagar Nigar School. “The information was passed on to Education Minister Manish Sisodia. He immediately ordered a raid in order to ascertain the facts,” said an official.
As per the Delhi government, an entire classroom in the school had been converted into living quarters. “A number of items ranging from utensils to a small axe, meant for chopping wood, were also recovered from what was once a classroom. This entire room had been converted into living quarters,” claimed an official.
An AAP leader alleged, “The school had a number of complaints. In fact, we received information that this group of people had illegally forced out the students and slowly converted the classroom into living quarters from themselves.”
The government added that questions as to whether the room was being further let out on rent is also being investigated. The raid was conducted by Sisiodia, Kumar and Delhi Police. The two arrested were not identified at the time this paper went to press.
This is not the first time that Sisodia has conducted surprise raids at different schools. Almost immediately after coming to power, Sisodia and a team officials had raided a school at President’s Estate, and afterwards suspended its principal.
Police, however, said they are yet to verify about the raid.