Friday, June 27, 2008

Nagpur Police claims to identify teachers as extremists

Sanjay Tiwari
Tuesday, June 24, 2008 (Nagpur)
Educational institutions in Nagpur are once again under the scanner. A few weeks ago, the Nagpur Police had claimed that Naxal groups were recruiting college students.

Now it's turned its radar to college teachers.

It claims to have identified at least 20 SIMI activists posing as teachers and wielding a syllabus of extremism.

Satya Pal Singh, Commissioner, Nagpur Police, said, ''This is going on secretly in some schools. There are some private tuition classes who are also involved. Not just Madrasas or Urdu schools. We have zeroed in on some names which also figure names of two women teachers.''

The Police claims its information is based on intelligence collected from arrested SIMI activists.

But it is a claim that's upset academics in the city, who say the police needs to produce hard evidence before pointing fingers.

Mohammed Naziruddin, a retired Head Master said, ''If policemen have seen such things taking place, they should arrest the culprits and bring them to book. But they should not trivialize a sensitive issue and bring a community to disrepute.''

However, the criticism isn't dampening the spirits of the Nagpur Police who are determined to continue with their surveillance.

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