Lucknow, Aug 17: A madrasa principal and two others have been booked for sedition after they reportedly did not allow students to sing the national anthem after hoisting the Tricolour on Independence Day in Maharajganj, said reports on Friday. The three have been taken into police custody after an FIR was lodged. The main accused, Zunaid Ansari, is a resident of Badgo village where the madrasa is located. The other accused are madrasa principal Fazlur-Rahman and teacher Nizam, said The Indian Express. (Also read: UP Madrasas to Get NCERT Books)

Madrasa Arabia Ahle Sunnat Girls College is registered with the UP Madrasa board. Madrasa board Registrar SN Pandey sent a letter to the District Magistrate, asking him to submit an inquiry report. The letter said that the board had issued clear directions on Monday to all madrasas, instructing them to celebrate Independence Day. District Minority Officer Prabhat Kumar, who conducted an inquiry, has recommended that the madrasa’s recognition be cancelled. The incident came to light after a video of the ceremony went viral on social media. The video purportedly shows Ansari stopping children from singing the national anthem. When a teacher, Sunil Kumar Tripathi, is seen objecting, Ansari is reportedly heard saying, “We do not do that here.” The principal and Nizam were also present, but they did not speak on the matter. (Also read: Some Madrasas Produce Terrorists, Says Shia Board Chief)

“… after the principal unfurled the flag, school teacher Tripathi asked the students to start the national anthem. However, Ansari stopped the students from doing so. Tripathi entered into an argument with Ansari. When Tripathi threatened to call the police, Ansari fled the spot. The anthem was then sung by the students,” said Kumar. The DMO said he had recommended cancellation of registration as it was found that no member of the madrasa committee was present at the event. Kolhui police station SO Upendra Kumar Mishra said the FIR was registered under sections 124 A (sedition) and 153 B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) of IPC and relevant sections of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act.