Odisha School Mourns Atal Bihari Vajpayee's Death, Shuts For The Day

| September 14 , 2015 , 15:47 IST
A school in Odisha's Balasore district shut down for the day to mourn former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's death. atal bihari According to reports, the headmaster of a primary school, Kamalakanta Das, has proclaimed the news of ex-PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee's death. Meanwhile, Odisha government on Monday suspended the school headmaster for conducting a condolence meeting for former Prime Minister Vajpayee based on false information. The incident occurred on Friday at Budakhunta UGME School in Oupada block in Odisha's Balasore district. The inquiry by district education officer revealed that the headmaster had been to a training programme in another place on that day and had allegedly telephoned a teacher of the school that Vajpayee has passed away. He had also asked his junior teachers to conduct condolence meeting in the honour of the former prime minister and the school was closed for a day, the official said. Surendra Prasad Sankhua, Balasore district project co-ordinator for Sarva Siksh Abhiyan said the headmaster had been suspended on the order of the District Collector. The erring headmaster has apologised for the blunder. In June, a similar incident happened when Jharkhand's education minister, Neera Yadav, had 'paid her respects' to former President APJ Abdul Kalam when he was alive and doing fine. Das, who had been attending a teachers' training programme in another school, learned the incorrect information from a fellow teacher there. The students and teachers mourned the death of Vajpayee by holding a memorial meeting, after which the school was closed as per the headmaster's instruction. After the fake news of Vajpayee's death spread, agitated locals complained to the District Collector seeking strict action against Das. A probe has been order into the incident and a report is likely to come soon. (With Inputs From PTI)