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Hisar on the boil, prohibitory orders clamped
School Director in police custody
Sunit Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Hisar, September 13
Massive and violent protests against the alleged sexual harassment of girl students by the Director of Vishwas Senior Secondary School here continued today with students of various schools, colleges and Guru Jambheshwar University staging dharnas.

Some college students, including a considerable number of girls, also held a demonstration, demanding that accused be tried for rape i.e. under Section 376 IPC, at the Parijat Chowk here during which some protesters broke the window glasses of a private bus.

The police personnel deployed then had to use mild force, including lathi-charge, to control the situation.

On the Rajgarh Road, some protesters pelted stones at policemen, following which the cops resorted to lathi-charge and lobbed teargas shells.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Phateh Singh Dagar, has imposed Section 144 of the CrPC in the district to maintain law and order in view of the tense and volatile situation prevailing here.

As per the order, assembly of five or more persons and carrying of lethal weapons has been banned. Strict action will be taken against anybody found violating the order, which will remain in force till further orders.

The Deputy Commissioner has also directed the Sub-Divisional Magistrate and the District Education Officer to gather all relevant information and submit a detailed report in this regard.

Meanwhile, the Director of the school, Rishi Sagar Vishwas, was today produced in a local court, which remanded him in police custody for two days. He was arrested from bushes near the Vishwas Ashram last night.

Mr Arshinder Singh Chawla, SSP, disclosed that during interrogation, the accused had confessed to the crime, adding that a case of molestation and attempt to rape, under Sections 376/511, had been registered against the school Director.

The SSP added that complaints were not coming easily as parents feared disclosure of identity.

The local Congress MLA and Haryana Minister for Urban Development and Housing, Ms Savitri Jindal, has expressed deep sorrow over the incident.

Assuring that the matter would be investigated thoroughly and no culprit would be spared, the Minister appealed to the residents to maintain peace and harmony.

The Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police have also advised the students and other residents that they should not take break law.

They urged the parents of students to cooperate with the district administration. Strict action would be taken against those found guilty of damaging public property, they added. Meanwhile, the Vishwas Education Board, which runs the school, has removed Rishi Sagar from the post of Director with immediate effect. The Chairman of the board, Rishi Gautam Vishwas, said they were probing the matter and appropriate action would be taken.

On the other hand, several employees of the school have tendered their resignations on moral grounds in view of the episode. The school Principal and 29 teachers, who had submitted their resignations yesterday, urged the government to take charge of the school.

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