Private school management arrested for confining students and parents over fee dispute

Two FIRs have been filed against the management of a private school in Uttar Pradesh for allegedly holding certain students and their parents captive over a fee dispute, officials said Thursday.

According to police, more than 30 students at the school were forced to stay inside a room on May 7. When the parents of these students arrived at the school, they too were held captive inside the campus for more than two hours.

The school management denied the allegations of holding students or parents captive.

Inspector General of Police Ramit Sharma said: “I have received a complaint against the management of Hartmann College for holding certain students and their parents captive. I have ordered the relevant officials to take appropriate action against the ‘accused.”

Led by the IGP, an FIR against the school was filed at the Izzatnagar police station on Wednesday evening.

Principal Anil Kullu, teacher Shalini Juneja, office manager Jewel Massey and a Roshan were named as defendants in the FIR.

Based on the complaint of a relative, Saif-ur-Rehman, the defendants were convicted under Sections 342 (forcible confinement) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the FIR.

The first FIR regarding the incident was filed Tuesday evening on the complaint of another parent.

Chief Superintendent of Police (SSP) Bareilly Rohit Singh Sajwan said: “A police team is investigating the matter and two separate FIRs have been filed.

Our team collects evidence before taking further action against the accused.

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Posted: Thursday May 12th 2022, 4:07 PM IST

Jeremy S. McLain