The Uttar Pradesh education ministry suspended an Aligarh based government school teacher for posting “anti-national and anti-government comments” on his Facebook account.
Dharmendra Kumar, a 35 year old Dalit, posted at a primary school in Alipur locality, Bijauli block, has been asked to explain his stance, otherwise his services could be terminated .
When contacted the Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA) of Aligarh, Dhirendra Singh Yadav, the officer tasked with conducting an inquiry into the matter, said:
In the posts, Dharmendra is allegedly congratulating the Pakistani cricket team for winning cricket match. In another post, he writes that Jammu and Kashmir is not part of India as Goods and Services Tax (GST) was not applicable there. The complaint letter forwarded has 10 screenshots of his Facebook posts attached.
The BSA of Aligarh then went on to add:
Other posts include objectionable comments made against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Prima facie, Dharmendra was found guilty and has been suspended today on charges of making anti-national and anti-government remarks. We will also be seeking help of police in the inquiry. On the basis of the detailed inquiry report, the decision over lodging of FIR will be taken.
When contacted Dharmedra Kumar said, being a cricketer himself, he just congratulated the Pakistan cricket team for playing well against India. In another post, he has questioned why GST is not being imposed in Jammu and Kashmir:
I myself am a cricket player, and so congratulated the Pakistan cricket team when they won a match on June 18. I did not make any anti-national comment. As regards to my post on Jammu and Kashmir, I merely questioned why GST is not charged there. I had only shared a post which had a picture of the prime minister standing next to a mahila sainik. I don’t remember what I had written on that post.
The cricket match mentioned by Kumar was the final of the ICC Champions Trophy, held between Pakistan and India held in June this year.