Delhi govt orders probe into renting of classrooms at MCD school

New Delhi: The Delhi government today ordered a probe into the alleged renting out of classrooms at night by a security guard at an MCD school in East Delhi and asked authorities to conduct inspections in all schools.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has asked Chief Secretary M M Kutty to get the probe done through Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

The directive comes following a raid at the school in East Delhi’s Kalyanpuri area by Sisodia last night during which he found that the school guard had been renting out classrooms at night and two people were found staying at the school illegally and cooking food.

Sisodia has also asked the Directorate of Education (DoE) to conduct inspections in all schools and get police verification done of all security guards to ensure that such incidents are not repeated.

“The classrooms, where kids come to study in the morning, are used at night by renters to cook food, and stored fretsaw, hammer, and other tools in a cupboard. Playing with the safety of kids by the schools, will not be tolerated at any cost,” Sisodia told reporters.

“I have asked Chief Secretary to get the issue probed.

This is a very serious matter. Food was being cooked there.

What if a student opens the cupboard and gets access to spices or knives? Nobody knew that this was happening in the school is not possible,” he said.

Sisodia, who is also Delhi’s Education Minister said, “I have information that the same is happening in few other schools as well”.

According to the police, following the late night raid three people were detained.

“The security guard and his two friends who were staying with him were detained and questioned by the police.

There was no legal action made out against the trio and they were let off,” a senior police official said.

“The guard has been working for 10 years at the school and had called his two friends for living with him since he felt scared alone here. He claimed that his friends had only been staying for the last couple of months,” he said.