Staff Correspondent

Kannada Sene activists oppose move to transfer them

TUMKUR: Members of Kannada Sene took out a rally and blocked traffic on the Bangalore-Honnavar highway on Wednesday.

They were protesting against the “failure” of the Government to dismiss four teachers of the Government High School at Alilughatta who have been accused of sexual assault of children.

On Monday, irate parents locked up the school and beat the four teachers in public. Education Officer Rajkumar, who visited the spot, gave the names of the accused as Ravish, Mahesh, Janardhan and Bhagyalakshmi. He assured the parents that the teachers would be transferred.

As the word of the transfer move spread, Kannada Sene activists across the district opposed the move and demanded that the accused teachers be dismissed from service.

Transfer was not a punishment. The accused would commit the same crime in other places too, they said.

Dhaniya Kumar, president of the Kannada Sene; Rockline Ravikumar, general secretary; and Pratap, president of the Auotrikshwa Drivers Association led the rally. They blocked traffic at the bus stand and refused to lift the road blockade until the Deputy Director of Public Instruction Rajashekar reached the venue of the strike and promised that the teachers will be dismissed.

Mr. Rajashekar asked for a week’s time to process the dismissals, as the orders have to be obtained from the Government.

Mr. Kumar said that the sene would resume the agitation if the accused teachers were not dismissed.

“We will not allow them to work in any school in the State as they are unfit to be teachers”, he said.

He and other speakers demanded that the police book criminal cases against all the accused.