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Dehradun incident: Agreement to send students back within a week

KATHMANDU: The academy principal has apologized for the incident of beating of Nepali students studying at the Shakya Academy in Dehradun, India last Monday.

Participants in the talks held at Shakya Academy in Dehradun. Photo courtesy: Padma Pandey / Haridwar

Talks with the academy management ended at 6 pm on Thursday after the incident at the academy became public.

"The academy's principal Chhiring Chhoden has apologized for the beating and inhumane treatment meted out to students last Monday and said it would be investigated," said Pushparaj Pandey, a representative of the Nepali society in Haridwar. Arrangements will be made to send.

After the news of inhuman treatment and brutal beating of Nepali students became public, representatives from Pandey, Haridwar, Surya Vikram Shahi of Dehradun-based Gorkha Democratic Association, TD Bhutia, Minister of State for Gorkha Welfare Council in Uttarakhand government and Usha Negi, chairperson of Uttarakhand Child Rights Protection Commission reached the academy.

As many as 47  Nepali students have been beaten up in a dispute that erupted after 47 students applied to return home during the Dashain-Tihar holiday  "I did not apply to go home, but I was knocked on the door of the residential classroom, knocked on the door," said a Grade 7 student from Rukum's home. "I don't know why this was done."

Victim students. Photo courtesy: Padma Pandey / Haridwar

According to Pandey, the coordinator of the Nepali team that went to hold talks with the academy, the three students who were seriously injured in the incident on Monday night will be rushed to the hospital for treatment and arrangements will be made to return home as per their wishes. While sending the students back home with the written agreement of the Academy Principal Chhiring Chhaden, the Nepali representative Pandey has made arrangements to contact the parents of all the students and take them to the Nepal-India border.

Dissatisfied with the management of the academy and the provision of food and drink, 47 students from 3rd to 7th grade have applied to return home and 7 of them have already run away from the academy. The remaining 40 will be sent home within a year. They are from Dhading, Rasuwa, Rukum, Rolpa, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchok and Dolakha districts.

Although the Nepali embassy in Delhi was aware of the incident, no representative of the embassy could reach Dehradun, a five-hour road journey from Delhi, to resolve the issue. First Secretary Baburam Sigdel from the embassy spoke to the representatives of the Nepali society by phone.

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