The incident of a group of teachers found drinking alcohol in the staff room of a school in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district on Thursday evening has caused a furore resulting in the arrest of three persons.

“A picnic had been held in the school premises. There were some teachers who were drinking in the staff room after 8 p.m. The guardians came to know about it and protested against it following which the police arrested three teachers. They were later released on a personal bond,” Mohangandhi, the district magistrate told The Hindu over telephone from Cooch Behar.

The matter took a political twist when it was revealed that one of the three persons, Bijon Saha, is the State president of the Trinamool Congress-backed Government School Teachers and Employees’ Association, sources said.  

The two other who were arrested are Dilip Roy, who is a teacher at the same school, and Piyush Kanti, a member of the non-teaching staff, they added.  The matter came to light when locals found that someone had been cooking at that late hour in the kitchen where the school’s mid-day meals are usually prepared. They looked around to find that the three had been drinking in the staff room.

The school’s Head Master, R. K. Vajpayee, said he had granted permission for the picnic held earlier in the day but he was completely unaware of the activities that had followed. Mr. Saha, on the other hand, has dismissed the incident as “a conspiracy” to malign him.

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