Three arrested for denying accommodation to Madrasa teachers in Kolkata guest house | #teacher | #children | #kids

Kolkata: Three persons were arrested on Tuesday in connection with an incident of driving out 10 madrasa teachers and allegedly denying stay on the basis of their religion.
The teachers of state government-aided Madrasas had come to Kolkata from Malda for a state-level meeting at Bikash Bhawan, which has the state education department.

The three employees of the guest house were arrested for discrimination against the guest on religious grounds, police said. Initially, five employees were detained and interrogated.

The teachers have lodged a police complaint with Bidhannagar police and informed the state administration after they received such discriminatory behaviour on the basis of religious qualms.
However, the manager of the guest house in Salt Lake in the eastern fringes of Kolkata claimed that they had no prior booking and thus were denied stay.

Shikshak Oikya Mukto Manch, a state umbrella Madrasa organization, state president Moidul Islam claimed, “Ten Madrasa teachers had come from Malda for a meeting in Bikash Bhawan. We had booked a guest house in Salt Lake CL block. They were made to wait for three hours and then denied accommodation due to objection by the locals on religious ground. This is unacceptable. We have informed the Bidhannagar police and the state administration.” The organization has also filed a separate police complaint.

It is learnt that police took prompt action and interrogated five employees of the guest house and examined the CCTV footage of the guest house.

One of the teachers claimed, “It was raining heavily and we were forced to leave the guest house at that point of time. We could not believe that such an incident can happen in West Bengal.”

The manager of the guest house, Amit Bhattacharya, however, told mediapersons, “These teachers did not have any booking. We told them that they have to vacate the rooms once the guests who had booked earlier will arrive. There were no religious issues involved in it.”

The Madrasa teachers were almost in tears. Another teacher (name withheld on request) said, “I cannot imagine that we were driven out of the guest house in a state like Bengal where religious harmony is nurtured.”

According to Education Department sources, the issue will be dealt with by the Minority Department of West Bengal government as Madrasa education falls under the later department.

Bidhannagar Mayor Krishna Chakrabarty said, “I have no such information that local people had objected to in their stay. We will look into the matter.”


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