Three held for showing Indian map sans J&K in school diary


070513_0934_Universitet1For publishing a wrong India map in the school diary, the police have arrested three persons, including the owner and principal of a school in Shahdol district of Madhya Pradesh.

The three were booked under sections 124A (sedition) 153-B and 34. A local court has sent the trio to judicial custody.

Their crime: Showing India minus parts of Jammu and Kashmir in the school diary.

Mohammed Sharif, owner, Green Bells Public School, its principal Govindchandra Das and AK Agrawal, who runs the press which printed the school diary, have been sent to jail. After seeing the map, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) had complained to the police.

Sharif has confessed that it was a mistake on the school’s part for allowing printing a damaged map of India.

The school is located in Budhar town, some 22 kilometres from district headquarters Shahdol, and has about 1,000 students.

According to The Indian Express, it isn’t clear whether the diary was printed or circulated. “I complained to the police on July 17 after noticing the wrong map (printed in the diary),” said BJYM’s Budhar mandal chief Shrikrishna Gupta.