UP policeman forces teacher to clean toilet

An Uttar Pradesh teacher was allegedly forced by a senior policeman to clean the toilet at a police station in Kushinagar district, about 325 kilometres from here.

Chandra Kishore Lal, a teacher at a school in the district and a resident of Gaura Ibrahimpur village, alleged in a letter to senior district officials on Monday that the in-charge of Sewarahi police station Jaivardhan Singh had forced him to clean the toilet on the police station premises.

Lal said he was summoned by the station in-charge in connection with a complaint lodged against him on Sunday. A resident of the village had alleged that Lal was getting a wall constructed illegally.

“The cop did not listen to me at all. I tried to put before him my side of the story but he rebuked me,” Lal said in his letter.

He said the policeman asked him to “clean the toilet with 50 bucketfuls of water” and said he will not be able to go back home without completing the job.

However, Singh refuted the charge. Senior district police officials said a probe has been initiated into the complaint lodged by the teacher and action will be taken against the policeman, if he was found guilty.

The teachers’ association has warned it will launch an agitation if the policeman is not punished.

“It is inhuman and shocking. The cop must be suspended,” demanded Harendra Tiwari, an office bearer of the association.

Barely a few days ago, a Dalit teacher had been made to do sit-ups in front of his young son by Abhishek Singh, sub-divisional magistrate in Mathura district. Singh was angry with the teacher Fauran Singh for not completing the work of revision of the electoral rolls assigned to him in the given time.  Abhishek Singh was later suspended by the government.

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