Schools, Cops in Wordy Duel

Association alleges police didn’t visit schools; let them take it to court, says senior officer

Published: 17th September 2014 06:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th September 2014 08:35 AM   |  A+A-

BANGALORE: With the police cracking the whip on nearly 200 schools for not complying with safety guidelines issued, schools have now alleged that the report submitted by the police to the high court is fake. The city police registered FIRs against 161 private and 25 government schools for not complying with the guidelines. Many private schools alleged that the police personnel did not visit their schools for verification and, in some cases, school authorities were asked to visit police stations and simply tick those guidelines they had complied with. D Shashikumar, secretary, Karnataka Unaided Private Schools Management Federation told , “Many of our member schools said the police have not visited them for verification. Even my school’s name is in the list, but they have not visited at all. How can they randomly blame schools without visiting it?” he questioned. When this allegation was brought to the notice of Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Alok Kumar, he said that if the schools had a problem with the report, they could make a submission in the court. “There is no use making such allegations against us. We cannot be as irresponsible as the schools. If they have an issue, they are free to make a submission in the court. Registering an FIR is only the first step in the process of investigation. We have not put anyone in jail. The investigation into the FIRs will begin now and if schools have complied with the guidelines, they can show proof of this to investigating officers. We will take that into account as well,” Alok Kumar said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (VVIP Security) Eshwarappa said action is being initiated against those in charge of the schools. In case of private schools, it can be the management or the principal. In case of government schools, cases have been registered against headmasters. City police commissioner MN Reddi ruled out any extension of the deadline. “We have registered FIRs against those schools that have not even complied with the simple guidelines that have no financial implication at all. They have had over 45 days to begin putting things in place. If they have not even done that, then we see no point in extending deadlines for them,” he said.

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