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‘Not ashamed, this is how we tackle them’: UP teacher

Uttar Pradesh teacher’s viral video prompts outrage as she encourages students to assault Muslim classmate.

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UP: In the wake of a disturbing video that went viral depicting a schoolteacher in Uttar Pradesh instructing her students to physically harm a Muslim classmate, the teacher has yet to express remorse for her reprehensible actions.

Tripta Tyagi, the Principal of Neha Public School in Muzaffarpur, Uttar Pradesh, was captured on video directing her second-grade students to slap their fellow classmate. The distressing footage also captured her making inflammatory remarks as the young children took turns assaulting the 7-year-old boy under her encouragement.

As the child stood there in tears, Tyagi could be heard saying, “…these Muslim children…Why don’t you all slap him with full force?” as she urged the class to continue the assault on the helpless child.

In a recent interview with NDTV, Tyagi shockingly defended her actions and declared she felt no shame, asserting that the people in her village supported her. She stated, “I am not ashamed. I have served the people of this village as a teacher. They all are with me.”

Furthermore, Tyagi insisted on advocating for the use of violence to discipline students. In her interview with NDTV, she stated, “They have made laws, but we need to control the children in schools. This is how we tackle them.”

An FIR (First Information Report) has been filed against Tyagi based on a complaint from the parents of the injured child. She has been charged under IPC sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 504 (intentional insult), both of which are non-cognizable offenses. These charges are bailable and do not lead to immediate arrest.

Earlier, Tyagi attempted to justify her actions by claiming that the video had been manipulated to stir up tensions. She also alleged that she had been compelled to resort to such actions due to her physical limitations, asserting that she could not reach the student who had failed to complete his assignment. She explained, “…there was pressure from the child’s parents to be strict with him. I am handicapped; I can’t get up…he was not doing homework for the last two months…so I made 2-3 students beat him up so that he would start doing his work.”

The Muzaffarnagar District Magistrate, Arvind Mallappa, reported that a complaint had been lodged, and the child was receiving counseling sessions. During the investigation, it was discovered that the viral video had been recorded by a member of the victim’s family.

The father of the 7-year-old victim, while calling for legal action, emphasized that the incident should not be viewed through a religious lens, stating, “This is not a Hindu-Muslim matter. We want the law to take its own course.”

Meanwhile, opposition parties attributed the incident to what they saw as the divisive politics of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge expressed concern, stating that the incident was a disturbing consequence of the BJP-RSS’s divisive politics. Rahul Gandhi, a Congress leader, criticized the teacher’s actions, emphasizing the importance of promoting love and unity among children.

The Samajwadi Party accused the BJP and RSS of fostering a climate of hate that allowed a teacher to instruct her students to harm a minority student based on his religion. Party chief Akhilesh Yadav demanded the immediate dismissal of the teacher, referring to her as a “blot on teacher society.”

Trinamool Congress MP Derek O Brien alleged that Prime Minister Modi and Amit Shah were responsible for “hate factories” across the country. His party colleague and Rajya Sabha MP Sushmita Dev accused the BJP-led Uttar Pradesh government of sowing the seeds of communalism among children and youth.

Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi, in response to the incident, underscored the disturbing message being conveyed to young minds, stating that it perpetuated the idea that it was acceptable to humiliate a Muslim without consequences.

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Tejasvi Surya Faces Backlash at Bengaluru Campaign Event

Tejasvi Surya faces criticism at Bengaluru campaign event as investors demand answers on Guru Raghavendra Co-operative Bank scam.

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Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya encountered a turbulent situation during a recent election campaign event in the city. The event, held at the Laxmanrao Imandar auditorium, took an unexpected turn when investors who had suffered losses in the multi-crore scam involving the Guru Raghavendra Sahakara Bank Niyamitha demanded accountability from the parliamentarian.

The investors, visibly frustrated by the delay in compensation for their losses, sought answers from Surya and other leaders present, including Basavanagudi BJP legislator L A Ravi Subramanya. Despite attempts by the leaders to assuage their concerns, the investors remained dissatisfied with the responses provided.

Footage from the event circulated on social media platforms, capturing the moment when Surya was escorted out of the venue by his security personnel. During his exit, he engaged in heated exchanges with some of the investors who approached him with their grievances.

The incident drew attention from various political quarters, with Karnataka Congress seizing the opportunity to criticize Surya’s handling of the situation. The party took to Twitter to highlight the MP’s departure from the event, characterizing it as an escape through an “emergency exit door.”

In response, Surya’s office released a statement accusing Congress workers of disrupting the meeting and attempting to derail the BJP’s campaign efforts. The statement condemned the alleged tactics employed by Congress workers, including pushing and shoving attendees, and emphasized the BJP’s commitment to a positive and development-oriented campaign.

The controversy surrounding the campaign event underscores the ongoing fallout from the Guru Raghavendra Co-operative Bank scam, which came to light in 2020. Despite efforts by regulatory authorities and the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation to mitigate the impact on depositors, many individuals remain uncompensated for their losses.

The Enforcement Directorate’s investigation into the scam revealed instances of fund misappropriation and financial irregularities, leading to the attachment of the bank’s properties worth Rs 159 crore. With over 15,000 depositors yet to receive full compensation, the Karnataka government’s decision to hand over the probe to the CBI reflects the seriousness of the situation.

As the election campaign in Bengaluru South unfolds, the incident involving Tejasvi Surya serves as a reminder of the challenges faced by politicians in addressing the grievances of affected constituents amidst ongoing controversies and political scrutiny.

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Fatal Bike Accident in Bengaluru: Man Dead, Two Injured in Pit Fall

Tragedy struck in Bengaluru as a bike accident claimed a life and left two critically injured after plunging into a water pipeline pit. Get the details here.

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A tragic incident unfolded in Bengaluru, leaving one man dead and two others critically injured after their bike veered off the road and fell into a pit dug up for a water pipeline. The mishap occurred on Sunday, shocking locals and prompting questions about safety measures in construction zones.

According to police reports, the bike’s rider failed to notice the deep pit and drove straight into it. Despite efforts by locals to rush the injured to the hospital, one of the bikers succumbed to his injuries on the spot, while the other two are battling for their lives in critical condition.

Eyewitnesses lamented the lack of barricades or warning signboards near the pit, blaming civic authorities for negligence. A complaint lodged by one of the survivors demands action against the water board contractor responsible for the site.

In response, the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board refuted allegations of lax safety measures, asserting that barricades were indeed in place. However, they claimed that the riders were intoxicated, which led them to overlook the warning signs.

Ram Manohar, Chairman of the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board, emphasized that corrective measures would be taken pending the outcome of the police investigation. He cited reports suggesting that the bikers were performing a wheelie, a risky maneuver where the front wheel is lifted off the ground, contributing to the accident.

Regardless of the circumstances, the incident underscores the importance of safety protocols in construction areas and the need for both authorities and citizens to remain vigilant on the roads. As investigations continue, the hope is that lessons will be learned and actions taken to prevent such tragedies in the future.

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Kannada Film Producer Soundarya Jagadish Dies in Alleged Suicide Attempt

Kannada film industry mourns as Soundarya Jagadish, a prominent producer and businessman, passes away after an alleged suicide attempt.

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In a shocking turn of events, Kannada film producer and prominent businessman, Soundarya Jagadish, was reported to have died following an alleged suicide attempt at his residence in Mahalakshmi Layout. The incident, which occurred early this morning, has sent shockwaves throughout the Kannada film industry and among his acquaintances.

According to sources close to Jagadish, the producer was found attempting suicide at his residence. Immediate medical assistance was sought, and he was rushed to the hospital. However, despite efforts to save him, Jagadish was declared dead upon arrival.

Speaking to reporters, a friend of Jagadish, Shreyas, confirmed the tragic incident, stating, “Jagadish has died following a suicide attempt. We brought him to the hospital, where he was declared dead. Further procedures are underway to determine the cause of his actions.”

Addressing speculations regarding Jagadish’s financial troubles, Shreyas clarified that recent bank notices served to him were unrelated to the incident. He emphasized that the issue had been ongoing for some time and was separate from the tragic events of the day.

Contrary to initial reports suggesting a cardiac arrest, Shreyas revealed that Jagadish had attempted suicide by hanging. The police were promptly informed, and investigations into the matter are ongoing.

Soundarya Jagadish, known for his contributions to both the film industry and business sector, was also the proprietor of a popular pub in the city. However, recent controversies surrounding the establishment had led to temporary license cancellations due to late-night partying by certain film personalities and crew members.

Throughout his career, Jagadish had produced several successful films, including ‘Snehitaru’, ‘Appu Pappu’, ‘Mast Maja Maadi’, and ‘Ramleela’. His sudden demise has left the Kannada film fraternity and his fans in mourning.

As the investigation unfolds, the Kannada film industry remains in shock over the untimely loss of Soundarya Jagadish, a talented producer and entrepreneur whose contributions will be deeply missed. Stay tuned for further updates on this developing story.

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