The principal and a teacher of a government school in Uttar Pradesh have been booked after students reciting Allama Iqbal’s poem during the morning assembly went viral.

Complaint against the school was filed by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), alleging reciting Urdu poem is a bid a bid to convert Hindu students to Islam.

The state’s Education department has also suspended school principal Nahid Siddiqui and ordered a probe against teacher Wazeeruddin.

However, 62-year-old Nahid Siddiqui clarified, according to reports said that she was not in the school when the alleged incident took place as she went on leave from December 12. She is on medical leave and waiting for her retirement on March 31.

The Education department said the principal has been suspended on the basis of initial information and they will conduct an inquiry into the matter.

The poem was penned in 1902 by well-known Urdu poet Allama Iqbal, who also wrote the famous lines “Sare jahan se achcha Hindustan hamara”.

Earlier in 2019, a headmaster in the UP’s Pilibhit district was also suspended after the students were heard singing the song. Following a complaint by the local unit of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the authorities had taken action.

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Source:  Clarion India

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