Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Students pull down black flag hoisted by Reds in Gaya Read more: Students pull down black flag hoisted by Reds in Gaya

Abdul Qadir/ToI

GAYA: Showing rare courage and patriotism, students of Dumaria-based Magra High School pulled down the black flag hoisted by Maoists on the school premises on Sunday, and re-hoisted a Tricolour. The students including girls, also raised anti-Maoist slogans forcing the half-a-dozen Maoists beat a hasty retreat.

According to reports reaching here, as soon as Magra High School officiating principal Deena Nath Verma hoisted the Tricolour, a group of half-a-dozen motorcycle-borne armed Maoists arrived at the school pulled down the Tricolour and hoisted a black flag in its place.

Reacting instantly, a girl student pulled down the black flag and re-hoisted the national Tricolour. The ultras were taken aback by the courage shown by the girl who was immediatly joined by other students. Sensing trouble, the rebels left the place but not before firing several rounds in the air in a bid to scare away the students. The students, thereafter, took out a protest march against the Maoists and exhorted the local shopkeepers to down their shutters to protest against Maoists. The shopkeepers instantly obliged.

Sherghati SDPO Mahendra Prasad said a case against unidentified persons has been lodged in connection with hoisting of black flag at Magra High School.

District education officerBrajesh Ojha was all praise for the students and said they had the full support of villagers. The DEO said he has sought a report from the school principal and would recommend award for the brave children.