The BJP government in Uttar Pradesh has suspended seven school teachers for social media posts critical of the IAF strikes in Pakistan’s Balakot, praising Pakistan PM Imran Khan and lauding the Pulwama attack, according to a media report.
“From questioning the Pulwama attack to praising Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, from criticising the effectiveness of the Balakot strike to making “political” statements against the ruling establishment — at least seven state government school teachers have been suspended by the Uttar Pradesh government for posts like these on their Facebook page or WhatsApp groups,” the Indian Express reported.
“Also suspended is a Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA), a Group-A education service officer. While two suspensions were for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct after polls were announced on March 10, the government has also ordered an FIR against a private school teacher,” the report said.
According to the report, the suspended teachers have been identified as Surendra Kumar, primary school Headmaster, Barabanki; Amrendra Kumar, primary school assistant teacher, Sultanpur; Ravindra Kanojia, primary school assistant teacher, Rae Bareli; Ravi Shankar Yadav, primary school Headmaster, Mirzapur; Nandji Yadav, primary school assistant teacher, Azamgarh; Satya Prakash Verma, primary school assistant teacher, Shravasti; Nirankar Shukla, primary School Headmaster, Rae Bareli; and Rajesh Shukla, primary school assistant teacher, Rae Bareli.
The teachers have been suspended after being accused of: “Objectionable comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath repeatedly; For writing Facebook posts on Prime Minister Narendra Modi; and he wrote remarks critical of the Prime Minister referring to the exit of the RBI governor and the pressures on LIC,” were some of the reasons given by the UP government for their suspension.
The teachers however, have refuted the allegations.
““I have not made any objectionable comments against anybody. I only commented as an Indian citizen because we have freedom of expression. All allegations are wrong,” said one of the teachers.