SDM Surankote seeks explanation from ZEPO for “comments’

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 4/5/2021 12:10:08 AM

JAMMU, April 3: Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Surankote in Poonch district has sought an explanation from a Zonal Education Planning Officer (ZEPO) after “viral video” on social media in which she is seen using “Communal Sensitive, Equally Offensive and Derogatory language” during visit to a school and she can be seen entering a mosque adjacent to the educational institution without removing shoes.
SDM, Saleem Ahmad (KAS) has asked ZEPO, Kamlesh Kumari to submit her explanation within two days.
The SDM has also forwarded the copies of the explanation letter issued on April 2 for information to Deputy Commissioner Poonch, SSP Poonch, Director School Education Jammu besides CEO Poonch and ZEO Surankote.
The explanation letter reads “A video is viral on social media in which you are seen using derogatory language during visit of Yaseen Public School, Dundhak (Khanikhodi) on April 1,”
The letter further reads that a deliberate and malicious act, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religious beliefs is not expected from a government officer adding, “You are seen uttering, using words, etc., with deliberate intent to wound the feelings of a particular person.”
As it can be clearly seen in the video, Kumari while referring to a teacher having beard calls him a “big militant.”
“This action on your part has caused public mischief and enmity, hatred and ill-will in the public at large,” the letter further reads, adding, “It is also viral on social media that during your visit to Yaseen Public School, Dundhak (Khanikhodi) on 01/04/2021, you also entered in the Mosque without removing your shoes.”
The SDM in the letter says that ZEPO also forced the Head of Institution to open a specific room of school whose keys were lying at Poonch at the headquarters of the School.
“During your visit you were not wearing face mask and avoided Covid-19 SOPS,” the letter reads further, adding, “you have harassed the school management on the pretext of Inspection and used very harsh and derogatory language against a particular person of school management which has caused a hatred and unrest in the society.”
Keeping in view the above facts, the SDM directed the ZEPO to explain her position within two days “as to why disciplinary action may not be recommended against you.”
In case of non-receipt of reply within two days, the SDM cautions that it shall be observed that she has nothing to say in her defense and action under rule shall be recommended to the competent authority.

 

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