BENGALURU: Delhi Public School (DPS) North which was forced to cancel Chinese New Year celebrations planned at the school following the threats of protest, has decided to initiate legal action against the trespassers. On Thursday, Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists had entered the premises and allegedly shouted against celebrating the New Year of a country with which India’s relations are strained of late due to face-off in Doklam.
“When they trespassed into the campus, there were thousands of kids and faculty members inside the class rooms. Entry of unknown persons inside the campus disrupted entire academic activity and we will take legal action against them,” said Mansoor Ali Khan, management member of Delhi Public Schools group.
“No organisation, whether it is ABVP or NSUI, is allowed to enter the school campus without getting permission or prior intimation to the schools authorities. We are running a school to educate children, not to include politics in it,” Khan added.He asked who would have been responsible had any untoward incident taken place.
“Parents send their kids trusting the authorities and it is our responsibility to ensure safety of children. We are discussing with our advocates about the future course of action,” Khan said.
ABVP national general secretary Vinay Bidre said, “We got to know about the event through some parents. Parents called me and shared the circular following which our activists visited the school. They did not stage a protest. They simply requested the principal to cancel the event. What they were going to do was a part of extra-curricular activity. If it was in their curriculum, we would not have opposed.”
‘ABVP wanted us to hold Nation first’ event’
Mansoor Ali Khan said that when ABVP activists entered the school on Thursday, they shouted in front of principal and even insisted to conduct ‘Nation First’ event. They also wanted to be invited. “Why do we have to invite ABVP for an event which we plan inside our school premises?”
Avoid negative news in assembly: Advisory
Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka issued an advisory. It asked the schools not to discuss anything negative in class related to neighbouring states, countries and policy matters. It also asked schools to keep a close watch for activists with political agendas. Schools should also take steps to avoid reading of negative news during the prayer assembly.