YAVATMAL(MAHARASHTRA): In the wake of alleged molestation of some girls of KG and primary classes in a school here, an angry mob today allegedly ransacked the Yavatmal Pre-Primary School, following which police fired three rounds in the air to disperse the crowd.
Two teachers-- Yash Borundia and Amol Shirsagar-- of Yavatmal Public School, run by the Jawaharlal Darda Education Society, were yesterday arrested on the charge of molestation after parents of about a dozen students lodged a joint complaint against them alleging that they habitually sexually assaulted the girls in the KG and primary classes.
An all-party bandh was called in the town today to protest the incident of molestation. The bandh got a good response as most of the establishments remained closed.
However, a group of irate mob stormed into the Yavatmal Pre-Primary School, run by the same management in the adjoining of YPS in Darda Nagar Layout, and hurled stones at the school building, police said.
"They barged into school at about 1.30 pm and broke the window panes of the activity hall. They even thrashed the watchman," police said.
Police rushed to the school and opened three rounds of fire in the air to disperse the crowd to bring the situation under control.
Some protesters also took out a morcha from the bus station to the District Collector's office and a delegation of parents then met District Collector Sachindra Pratap Singh in his office and submitted a memorandum of demands, which includes demand to book the accused under IPC section 376 (rape).
The Collector and Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Kumar Singh later held a meeting with the parents over the issue.
During the meet, the parents told the officials that even after bringing the issue to the notice of the Principal and the Management, they were coldly asked to cancel the admission of their wards in the school.
"The parents insist for action under section 376 of IPC against the accused and an FIR against the Management. I have promised to take cognisance of their grievances and also assured them of a thorough enquiry into the episode. On receiving the report from the SP, I shall take stringent action against the guilty," the Collector later told PTI.
Meanwhile, the accused teachers were produced in a local court, which remanded them in police custody till July 4, Local Crime Branch chief Sanjay Deshmukh said. "The duo was produced in the court, which granted police's plea and remanded them in police custody till July 4," he said.
Deshmukh added that more parents are coming forward to lodge cases against the accused teachers and the school management.