Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat on Thursday afternoon instructed the police to immediately arrest a school principal and ordered her suspension during a Janata Darbar session in Dehradun after the 57-year-old allegedly used abusive language and showed indecency in front of Rawat, seeking her transfer from a remote location.
Uttara Bahuguna (57), principal of a government primary school in Naugaon area of Uttarkashi district, requested Rawat that she be transferred from the remote location. She claimed she has been posted in such locations for the last 25 years.
When Rawat dismissed her request, Bahuguna began arguing with him. Rawat lost his cool and shouted several times into the microphone: “Suspend karo ise abhi (Suspend her immediately). Take her into police custody.”
A video of the incident shared on social media shows Bahuguna leaving the Janata Darbar hurling abuses at the Chief Minister before being taken into custody under Section 151 of the CrPC. She was released on Thursday evening.
#Uttarakhand CM @tsrawatbjp loses his cool while hearing a teacher’s plea for transfer during BJP’s “Janata Darbar”. In the video he can be heard ordering the teacher’s arrest and suspension. Rawat has received much flak for his behaviour with the teacher.@IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/r6EKMbQtt9
— Kavita (@Cavieta) June 28, 2018
Rawat faced criticism on social media for losing his cool with Uttarakhand Congress leaders objecting to the Chief Minister’s “rude behaviour, and lack of patience”.
After the incident, Rawat said that request for transfers must not be brought to a platform meant for hearing public grievances. “All transfers of government employees will be done under the state’s Transfer Act,” Rawat said. He said that suspension orders were issued for Bahuguna for “showing disrespect and using abusive language” during the Janata Darbar.
Speaking to The Indian Express after the incident, Bahuguna said, “I have no problem in doing my job, but I’ve been posted in remote areas for 25 years. Before the Uttarkashi village, I was posted in a remote area in Uttarkashi district’s Chinyalisaur. My husband used to take care of my two children, but after his death in August last year there is no one to take care of my children. Also, I am too old to work in remote areas.”