Army directed students to sing ‘Vande Mataram’, alleges teacher of school in pahalgam

Srinagar: Teachers and students of a school in Pahalgam area of Anantnag district of south Kashmir on Monday alleged they were ‘manhandled’ by Indian army men and directed them to recite the Indian national anthem.

A teacher, who identified himself as Ajaz Ahmad, alleged that army men barged into the school in Yanner area of Pahalgam without any provication, a report in Greater Kashmir, a daily newspaper based in Srinagar said.

“First they harassed us for the graffiti on school walls outside eulogising Burhan Wani. We told them locals have painted the graffiti but they didn’t listen to us,” said Ahmad.

He said that in charge headmaster Ghulam Nabi Mir was also manhandled by the army men.

Another teacher said that the army men directed them to make children sing ‘Jana Gana Mana’ and ‘Vande Mataram’.

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