Two class 11 Hindu students were expelled from the Muslim intercollege Faiz-e-Aam of Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. The expelled students said they had recited Hanuman Chalisa when bullied to read a few verses from the Quran. They were forced to stay out of the institution after this incident by the college authorities.
One of the expelled students, Saurav Yadav, described what happened to Dainik Bhasker saying that he was sitting in class and studying about ‘Rahim’s Dohe’ when his Muslim classmates started asking him to recite verses from the Quran and also started singing praises about the Mughal emperor Akbar. In response, Saurav started reciting Hanuman Chalisa and the Ramayana. His classmates then complained to the authorities and his name was struck off of the students’ list without even listening to his side of the story.
The second Hindu student, Madhvendra Pratap Singh said that at the time, he was busy doing his science homework and doesn’t even know why he was expelled from the school.
Mohd Akhtar Siddiqui, one of the college authorities accused the two Hindu students of spreading ‘religious hysteria’ which was being opposed by Muslim students. When they did not listen, action was taken against them and they were expelled. He also countered the statements put forward by the two students saying that they just want to malign the college’s reputation.
Sharad Sharma, the provincial media in charge of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, has demanded the arrest of the college principal and manager. The DM Nitish Kumar is currently looking into the matter.