Catholic school decries illegal demolition

The incident has created a sense of “insecurity” among inmates of the Girls’ Hostel and nuns.

 Posted on July 25, 2014, 8:41 AM
Khandwa:A Catholic school in Madhya Pradesh’s Khandwa district says officials illegally demolished the school’s compound wall, under pressure from “communal forces” in order to help a nearby housing colony.

The Holy Spirit School was closed on July 23 as the area in and around it was flooded because of incessant rain. The principal was called to district’s deputy collector’s office and was told that nearby Vatsala Vihar Housing colony was flooded because of the school boundary wall and it should be broken.

“Though the Principal tried to explain the matter, he was adamant on his decision” and the wall was demolished in 10 feet length.” The people who had gathered in big numbers, were shouting the slogan “Jai Shree Ram” and celebrating,” said a statement from school manager Sister Archana.

It said the compound wall was built with needed permissions and housing colony was constructed much after the school was built. The colony had “miserably failed to provide proper drainage” and accused the school of blocking the natural flow of water.

The one-sided decision from the district authorities came when a case, initiated by the housing colony, is already pending before the court. The flooding posed no danger to the housing society, while their action flooded the school compound, with “water almost entering the school and hostel building,” the statement said.

The administration was aware of the water logging problem in the housing colony but they took the unilateral decision to demolish the school wall “taking the side of one party, which is not all acceptable,” the statement said.

“The shouting of the slogan “Jai Shree Ram” by the crowd clearly indicates that it was a well planned action to create communal tension,” it said adding that the colony’s complaint was used as an “excuse for breaking the compound wall and the Administration appears to have surrendered to the pressure of the communal forces.”

The incident has created a sense of “insecurity” among inmates of the Girls’ Hostel and nuns in the convent, the statement said asking the administration to rebuild the broken wall and ensure that “the communal forces will not indulge in further provocative and destructive actions.”

The administration should also find a permanent solution for the water-logging in the housing colony and the surrounding areas, the school said.
Press Release

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