Hardoi: An Urdu teacher of a government school in Hardoi district of Uttar Pradesh allegedly asked the students to greet him with ‘Salaam Alaikum’ instead of wishing good morning. After the matter came to light, the authorities served a show cause notice to him.

The teacher has been identified as Ishtiaq Khan. The parents of the students came to know about the matter when they were told by the children how the teacher forced them to say ‘Salaam Alaikum’ to greet him.

The issue was brought in front of the authorities by activists of Bajrang Dal after they visited the school situated in Sandila town in the district.

Narrating the incident, a Bajrang Dal activist said, “My niece told me that when she wished the teacher (Ishtiaq Khan) good morning, he said that don’t greet me with good morning, and say ‘Salaam Alaikum’ instead. We came to the school and met with the principal. The principal said that she was not informed about the same, but added that if such a thing happened then action would be taken.”

Hemant Rao, Basic Education Officer, Hardoi said that a show cause notice has been issued to the Urdu teacher and action would be taken if the school authorities were not satisfied with his response.

“Some people have complained that Ishtiaq Khan, a Urdu teacher of a government school in Sandila is asking students to only greet him with ‘Salaam Alaikum’. We have issued a show cause notice to him and will take action if we are not satisfied by his response,” Rao said.

(Inputs from ANI)