Hathras (Uttar Pradesh): A school principal in Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh was removed on Friday for allegedly segregating students on the basis of caste.
According to the students and teachers of Seth Phulchand Baagla Inter College, the principal Radheshyam Vaishnav had divided the ninth standard students on the basis of their castes.
Section A of ninth standard had the students from general category, while Section B had maximum number of students from the Other Backward Classes (OBC). Section C had students from the Scheduled Caste (SC). The class teachers of all the three sections also belong to same castes.
Hathras District Magistrate Avinash Krishan Singh said the the principal has been removed after taking cognizance of this alleged discrimination during admission.
“Prima facie, it appears that Section A had more number of students from the general category as compared to OBC and Scheduled Caste. Similarly, Section B had greater strength of OBC students, while section C had more students from the Scheduled Caste category,” he said.
Singh said that orders had been issued for reshuffling the sections and ensuring proportionate number of students from all castes in every section, adding the teachers of all the three sections have also been changed.
A school teacher, who refused to reveal his name, said that the caste divide was very clear in the lists prepared by the principal.
“Pramod Gaur (from general category), the class teacher of 9A, has maximum students from the general category in his class, only a few are from other castes. It is evident from the list that Sandeep Chaudhary, the class teacher of 9B, hailing from the Backward Class, has maximum students from the same caste in his class. According to the list Sunil Kumar, class teacher of 9C from Scheduled Caste category, has maximum SC students in his class,” he said.