Functional Bengal school building demolished, administration clueless – education

The building of a functional government primary school in the Malda district of West Bengal has been demolished, while the administration has no idea who ran it.

The incident took place in the city of English Bazar on December 1, but came to light recently, police said on Friday.

The District Council of Elementary Schools filed an FIR at the English Bazar police station for vandalism of public property by unknown persons, its inspector-in-charge Madan Mohan Roy said, adding that an investigation is underway.

Locals initially thought that the old school building, established in 1969, was demolished to build a new one, but when that didn’t turn out to be the case, they informed the school’s teachers about it, resident Mohammad Salim said.

While the district’s elementary school inspector, Suniti Sapui, declined to speak to the media about the incident, Sadar subdivision officer Suresh Chandra Rano said the building was demolished by unknown persons without going through the procedures of the government.

“You cannot demolish a government building without the permission of the administration. If a building is in ruins, an engineer inspects its structure and then a decision is made to tear it down. But in this case, no government procedure was followed, ”he said.


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