Bajrang Dal activists force closure of Campion School in Bhopal over Ram Navami

Bajrang Dal activists stormed the Campion School in Bhopal at around 10.30 am on Wednesday and forced its closure alleging the school was hurting religious sentiments by making students study on Ram Navmi day.

The school management, however, insisted they had declared a holiday on Tuesday on account of Ram Navmi.

The Bajrang Dal activists raised Jai Shri Ram and anti-school slogans inside the campus forcing the management to shut down immediately.

Many parents reached the school and frantic calls were made as news about the Bajrang Dal agitation spread in the city.

Police reached the school within minutes of Bajrang Dal activists forcing their entry into the school campus but remained mute spectators. The Bajrang Dal activists left the campus only after the school secretary gave a written apology.

The school was made to give a written apology over the incident. Photo: Hemender SharmaSchool principal A Lakra while talking to India Today said, "We had declared a holiday on account of Ram Navmi as per CBSE norms but I respect the sentiments of the majority community and we have given a written apology."

Bajrang Dal district coordinator Lokesh Malviya while talking to India Today said, "This missionary school always plays with the sentiments of the majority community. All schools are closed today on account of Ram Navmi. We have taken a written apology from them and we will hand over this apology to the District Education officer. We have also warned them that if they do this again we will aggressively campaign against them."

Campion is one of the oldest missionary boys school in Bhopal and many top bureaucrats and politicians including present leader of opposition in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Rahul Singh have passed out from this school.