THE OWNER and the principal of a school in Shahdol district of Madhya Pradesh were among three people arrested Monday on charges of sedition after the school’s diary was found to have carried a map of India that excluded parts of Jammu and Kashmir.
Besides the owner of Green Bells Public School, Mohammed Sharif, and its principal, Govindchandra Das, A K Agrawal, who runs the press that printed the school diary, was arrested. All three were sent to jail on a complaint lodged by a Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) activist.
According to the police, Sharif has admitted it was a mistake.
Over 1,000 students are enrolled in the higher secondary school in Budhar town, about 22 km from district headquarters Shahdol, which lies on the eastern wing of MP and borders Chhattisgarh.
It is not clear when the diary was printed or circulated.
“I approached the police on Sunday when I noticed the wrong map (printed in the diary),” BJYM’s Budhar mandal chief Shriksrina Gupta told The Indian Express.
BJYM is the BJP’s youth wing.
Confirming that Gupta had lodged a complaint, Budhar Police Station in-charge Satish Dwiwedi said he cannot disclose much because investigation is still on.
Besides IPC Section 124A (sedition), the trio has also been booked under Sections 153-B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention). After a local court rejected their bail applications, the three were sent to judicial custody.
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