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Madhya Pradesh: Students rally in support of Muslim principal accused of sedition

More than 200 students of Thala Dighavan Higher Secondary School took part in Wednesday’s rally.

Days after the Muslim principal in-charge of a state-run school in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh was accused of sedition for allegedly stopping some students from chanting Bharat Mata Ki Jai at a rally, students of the school brought out another rally Wednesday during which they claimed that charges against the principal were fabricated.

More than 200 students of Thala Dighavan Higher Secondary School took part in Wednesday’s rally. “Charges against the in-charge principal are false. He chants Bharat Mata Ki Jai and motivates students to chant it,’’ several students said in a signed statement.

Principal Zahir Ahmed Khan (46) was accused of throwing out some students from a rally on Monday for chanting Bharat Mata Ki Jai instead of Inquilab Jindabad. The rally was taken out as part of the government’s ‘Azadi 70: Yaad Karo Kurbani’ event.

“I chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai whenever the occasion demands. That day, a handful of students were raising indecent slogans with names of Bollywood actors. So I asked them to leave the rally. An attempt to fabricate a case was made because I am Muslim,” the Chemistry teacher said.

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Khan said he has submitted a written explanation to CEO of the district panchayat, Swarochish Somvanshi. Despite attempts, Somvanshi and district education officer S P Tripathi could not be contacted. Some Hindu outfit activists had reportedly submitted a memorandum to the collector, demanding that Khan be booked for sedition.

“It seems to be a case of misrepresentation of facts,’’ Collector Lokesh Jatav said.