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    Bihar govt school teacher jailed for saying 'nobody should vote for Modi' inside classroom

    The Hawk
    May19/ 2024
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    The arrest was made following a complaint by family members of students, who reported that Rajak criticized the free ration scheme in class, claiming it distributed unfit foodgrains.

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    Muzaffarpur: A government school teacher in Bihar has been arrested and sent to jail for allegedly telling children in his class 'nobody should vote for Modi', an official said on Sunday.

    According to Muzaffarpur SSP Rakesh Kumar, the teacher has been booked for violating the election model code of conduct, after an FIR lodged by the district education officer.

    DEO Ajay Kumar Singh said teacher Harendra Rajak's conduct was brought to his notice by family members of a number of students of the government secondary school at Amrakh in Kurhani block.

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    "A written complaint was submitted by the family members that children were being told by the teacher that nobody should vote for Modi since foodgrains unfit for human consumption were being distributed under the free ration scheme," the DEO said.

    He added, "a number of boys and girls from the class also confirmed that Rajak had been saying such things inside the classroom. Prima facie it was a violation of model code of conduct which forbids any government employee from trying to influence poll outcome by speaking for or against any political party. Hence, the FIR was lodged against the teacher for needful action."