Baranagar Narendranath Vidyamandir.
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Kolkata: Calcutta High Court has sought an explanation from the state government as to why a lady teacher has been barred from attending her school at Baranagar in North 24-Parganas.

Justice Protik Prakash Banerjee has asked the state to furnish the explanation within a week and provide security cover to the lady teacher.

The directive comes in response to a petition that Tanuja Samanta filed at the High Court alleging that she has been barred from attending duties at Baranagar Narendranath Vidyamandir for nearly three months now. This has been done by Swapan Chakraborty, a Trinamool leader and president of the school’s governing body.

“I had some differences with headmistress Moon Moon Das and I wrote a complaint to the government body over this. Instead of addressing my complaint, Chakraborty sent me a letter in March asking me not to attend school. He also warned me of dire consequences if I went to school,” Samanta says.

She had gone to Baranagar police station to file an FIR against this but police allegedly refused to take the FIR because the Trinamool leader is an accused. This made Samanta move the High Court.

During the first hearing today, justice Banerjee asked the state government’s lawyer as to why the teacher has been barred from attending school and why the police didn’t register her FIR.

The government lawyer tried to reason that police were investigating the case but the judge was not convinced. Justice Banerjee then asked the state to file an explanation within seven days and arrange for security cover to the lady teacher as she has expressed apprehension of harm.