From: mohanlal panda <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 9:59 AM
Subject: NHRC must ask the Odisha police to vacate school building
Greetings from PVCHR.
Please refer to the news report in The Times of India, Page-15, Date 24.06.2011, New Delhi.
Cops occupy 4 schools in area near Posco site
Ashis Senapati | TNN
Kendrapada: Education has taken a backseat in at least four schools at the seaside village of Balitutha and its nearby areas in Jagatsinghpur district near the proposed Posco steel plant site with police occupying the school buildings for over three months now.
The schools have been converted into fortresses to enable the cops to fight the villagers opposing government's move to hand over 4,004 acre to the South Korean steel company.
While schools in other villages opened after a month-long summer vacation, the students of these four schools are on a forced, indefinite holiday with classes remaining virtually empty. Worried parents on Thursday met the headmasters and urged them to hold regular classes. But the headmasters told them they were helpless as the district administration has allowed the cops to camp in the schools.
''Most students aren't going to school due to the presence of policemen. At least 1,500 students are affected,'' said a teacher of Balitutha Upper Primary School.
Akhil Ballava Swain, the sarpanch of Balitutha village, said, ''The administration shouldn't allow police to use school buildings for any non-education purposes in the villages.''
Sir, on behalf of PVCHR, I request NHRC to look into the matter and ensure the security forces immediately vacate the school buildings and the schools are used only for educational purpose.
Dr. Mohanlal Panda
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