More than 100 school children were made to stand under the scorching sun to greet TRS Working President K T Ram Rao who was campaigning for his party last month in Karimnagar. However, after public backlash, the Election Commission ordered for a probe following which police filed a case against the school management on Monday for abuse and violation of Model Code of Conduct.
On March 6, students of Hiranmay Krishnaveni Talent School, a private school located in Kothi Rampur, were made to stand outside on the road for at least two hours, carrying flags and placards of the TRS party.
Angered by the insensitivity and abuse of power by the school management, child rights organization--Balala Hakkula Sangham as well as some political leaders complained to the Chief Election Officer (CEO), Rajat Kumar.
Subsequently, the CEO asked the Collector, who is the Returning Officer, and the District Education Officer (DEO) to investigate the issue and take suitable action.
After examination, it was revealed that the local TRS leaders pressurized the school management to arrange students to seek KTR's attention.
Speaking to TNM, Karimnagar district education officer, Venkateshwarulu said, "After probing the incident, we got to know that the school management inhumanely made the children stand under sun at the behest of a local corporator. As the school management was found guilty, we filed a case against them," he said.
The case was registered under Karimnagar I Town police station. Inspector Srinivas Rao said,"We filed a case under Section 75 of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act against the management."
However, they did not file a case against the local corporator who allegedly arm-twisted the school management.