Mail News Service
Gamharia: The land mafias have shifted their focus from government land to that of a popular school in Bada Gamharia. They are motivating villagers against the school including signing on joint petitions against the school management and threatening lady teachers.
The school in question is Gamharia English School run by the Educational and Social Development Society. The spot is all the more attractive as the plot is situated on the Tata-Kandra Main Road in close vicinity of the Lal Building Chowk. The mafia elements want to close down the school by any means and capture the land with the intent of selling it to builders and thereby earn crores of rupees.
The School chairman Neel Bahadur Singhdev called a press meeting and informed that since 1986 the Gamharia English School was being run in the Janata Madhya Vidyalay premises in a rented portion. He said that in 2011, the Janata Madhya Vidyalay management committee vide a court ruling gave the premises to Gamharia English School on a 45 year lease agreement. After changes and improvements in infrastructure in 2012 the Gamharia English School was being run efficiently and successfully.
Neel Bahadur Singhdev stated, “With the arrival of several builders in Gamharia, the attention of the land mafias are now focused on this plot of land on which the Gamharia English school is situated. Their (land mafias) main intent now is to get the school shut by any means and get buildings constructed here.”
Deputy Chairman of the school, Rinku Roy accused the land mafia elements of conspiring to get the school closed and grabbing the land. The land mafias were threatening the school management and the lady teachers as well, he said. They even went to the extent of accusing the management on false grounds but when the education department conducted an enquiry, it negated the accusations and directed the school management to continue.
The school’s Director Subrata Roy informed that the mafia elements had even misguided the villagers and made them to sign joint petitions against the school. He said, “My advise to the villagers is that they read the application carefully before putting their signatures to it. As for the school management, we will inform the Deputy Commissioner, SP and the Education Department about the nefarious activities of the land mafias and seek legal proceedings.”
Reema Banerjee, Shipra Pal, Mukesh Pathak, Nisha Kumari and other lady teachers were present during the press meet.